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Providence Athenaeum

251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2709
+1 401-421-6970
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I love books and old libraries so this was great to see. My husband doesn’t really care but he was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alison R
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Library Magic

What a beautiful library! This was my favorite part of my trip to Providence. Not only is it... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
emsquared92
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Houston, Texas
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The Providence Athenæum is an independent, member-supported library and cultural center located on Providence’s historic Benefit Street. Over its nearly 200 years of existence, the library has welcomed illustrious writers, spirited thinkers, and energetic community members through its doors to engage in reading, conversation, and debate. At its heart, the Athenæum encourages a love of reading and learning to all. Free & open to the public.
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251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2709
College Hill
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"edgar allen poe"
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"love books"
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"creaky floors"
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"libraries"
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"athenaeum"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love books and old libraries so this was great to see. My husband doesn’t really care but he was so surprised to see books on their shelves from the 1800s! Its rather small but stacked with books everywhere. Worth the 10min it takes to...More

Thank Alison R
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a beautiful library! This was my favorite part of my trip to Providence. Not only is it picturesque on the inside, but there is a wonderful variety of unusual books there that I could have spent hours looking through. Of course it is a...More

Thank emsquared92
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Very good visit. First time in an old library like this. Loved the stacks and ladders and overall historical feel of the place. Very nice and comfy reading area below street level.

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

We got to this place tired and sore after a day of walking around Providence. The second I stepped in I was rejuvenated. A beautiful library with a lot of history.

Thank Kirk O
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

Our family mostly enjoyed a visit here. We walked around and saw books in every nook and cranny. A self guided tour tells more about the library history. It was interesting to consider the history and nature of private libraries. On street parking can be...More

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Reviewed 3 December 2017

When I walked in the door, I imagined that I was in the 1800s when the library was founded. I spent two hours wandering around, perusing the books, listening to the creaky floors, exploring the dark corners filled with books I had never imagine existed....More

Thank Kent D
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

This is a very old private library that is beautiful. There isn't a lot to see, but its a unique experience.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

A sense of history back to 1753, comfort, books, nostalgia, a wonderfully maintained building, peace and quiet, an accommodating and helpful staff, nooks and crannies, a short/engaging self guided tour and the feel of "wisdom" from Athena, the goddess of wisdom, herself! Not to be...More

Thank Peter C
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

This place has history oozing out of its walls. There are little nooks where you can sit, surrounded by books and read or just enjoy the atmosphere and think (or daydream). The lower level is more like a lounge -lovely leather seats and lighting you...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

I had never wondered what people did before there were public libraries. This is a subscription library with a very extensive collection of books, including a children's area. It is very historic and is still operating. It is worth stopping by for a quick look.

Thank Richard M
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