Providence Athenaeum

Library, Bookstore, and College Library · College Hill
251 Benefit St (btwn College & George), Providence, RI 02903, United States
Open until 7:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 1:00 PM–5:00 PM

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  • Liam N.

    The Contemporaries: 2015 Best Cerebral Meet-up (Editors' Pick)

    Liam Nee · August 9
  • CNN

    Founded in 1836, the Providence Athenaeum is an independent, member-supported library. The Greek Revival building that houses the library was designed by Philadelphia architect William Strickland. Read more

    CNN · April 13
  • Carmen N.

    The HP Lovecraft collection is great! So glad this place is still around.

    Carmen N · August 8, 2014
  • Alli F.

    This is a beautiful, beautiful library. The photo ops are plentiful, and there is a really nice self-guided tour. Make sure to check out the portrait of George Washington in the reading room!

    Alli Frymoyer · August 31, 2013
  • C-SPAN

    Providence Athenaeum's original collection consisted of 345 titles. Unfortunately many were lost in a fire during the late 1700s. Learn more about the library's history in this C-SPAN video. Read more

    C-SPAN · July 3, 2013
  • William Raveis Rhode Island & SE Massachusetts

    This is a collection of historic buildings that almost form a small town. Entering the area allows a person to shed the modern world for a world of the mid 1700’s.

  • Vanya P.

    "One of America's oldest lending libraries established in 1753."

    Vanya Petra · April 24, 2012
  • Kidoinfo

    This is listed as a bookstore but it is actually a lovely library. Excellent collection of books for kids and adults.

    Kidoinfo · June 28, 2011

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