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The Providence Athenaeum, Providence

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4.5/5 based on 75 reviews on the web
The Providence Athenaeum, a unique independent, member-supported library and cultural center, welcomes and enriches the educational and cultural pursuits of its members and the community and encourages a diverse public to engage in spirited conversation. It offers a wide range of experiences by providing and conserving extraordinary collections, offering innovative and compelling programs, promoting and collaborating with the community's vibrant cultural sector, and highlighting and preserving its historic building.
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  • This is a little library but worth a couple of minutes to see how it was done in early New England. The stacks are all open and standing at the door you can see all but the bottom floor. It is pretty ...  read more »
  • This is a beautiful, historical & small library, created by people of culture! It is restful and inviting place to read, rest, look at books. The inside was so thoughtfully constructed, it must have b...  read more »
  • It is definately worth a ten minute walk thru this beautiful old library located a block or two away from Brown University. 
  • Neat place but: They have a bust honoring a man who called for the gassing of immigrants and praised the KKK. The bust is in a prominent place. No, it's not a historical holdover from the early days of the library, they put it up in 2012 (I think). Pretty dumb for people that run a building holding books written by smart people.
  • The Providence Athenaeum was one of the highlights from our long weekend trip to Providence. This is a stunning library with a rich history conveniently located in the heart of the city. Stop along a walking tour of the canal area or Brown University. I was able to wander the main hall, the second floor walkways, all the hidden corners, and the lower level reading room to my content. This place is a bibliophile's dream or even the perfect place for a student to study. It's a great stop to capture some great photos and aborb the history that surrounds you in Providence. Tip: Easy street parking is availble in front for free up to 2 hours if the back lot is full. Highly recommended!
  • This is a gem in Providence. It may not be a top attraction, but worth stopping in if you are in the area. It's amazing to have such an old, unique institute tucked away in the shadow of Brown. Go up to the second floor on the north side and see a more than century old desk from the Capitol!
  • This imposing building houses the oldest, private book lending collection in the country.
  • This is a special place, one to be counted among Providence's array of great institutions. Not only is it a fine way to catch up on most periodicals and newspapers, or discover a recently published book, it has an inspired series of programs and events. The Friday "salon" series is particularly interesting, and many (most) of them are free and open to the pubic. The Athenaeum is no longer the home of stuffy bibliophiles, and makes a point of engaging with the community.
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