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Providence Athenaeum, Providence

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Library
The Providence Athenaeum is an independent, member-supported subscription library in Providence, Rhode Island. The building is open to the public, but only members can check out items from the collection.

The library was established in 1836 as a merger between two earlier subscription libraries: The Providence Library Company, founded in 1753, and the Providence Athenaeum, founded in 1831. It became "The Providence Athenaeum" by amendment to its charter in 1850.

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  • Our family of four loved this museum, it had an incredible variety, was just the perfect size to keep the kids entertained and the exhibits were incredible. Highly recommend.  more »
  • I highly recommend you pop by- it's by everything in Providence and won't take up too much of your time. When I was there, there were students studying everywhere so we crept about quietly for a few.....  more »
  • A really cool working library...reminds me a little of the library at Trinity College. Definitely a great place to stop over and browse while in the area.
  • FREE library that holds old intellectual books from various authors. Very quiet good place to study and wifi is free. However no food or drinks are allowed.
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