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Address: 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401 847 0292
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9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Tue 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wed 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Description: Dating back to 1750, this is the oldest subscription library in the United...
Dating back to 1750, this is the oldest subscription library in the United States.
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Not just books.

As members we do visit often, but not only for the books, but the changing displays and artwork are always amazing. History at eve turn. A unique place to visit, to read a book... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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west hartford,CT

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Portola Valley, California
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you enjoy American history, this place is worth a short visit. It dates from 1748, is the oldest lending library in continuous use in America, and has historically significant books, paintings, and architecture. On a quiet side street with easy parking. It offers rotating art exhibits, a comfortable reading room, and friendly staff. A hidden gem!

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west hartford,CT
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

As members we do visit often, but not only for the books, but the changing displays and artwork are always amazing. History at eve turn. A unique place to visit, to read a book, listen to a concert, or hear a lecture!

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Newport, Rhode Island
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

A must visit for the history buff or bibliophile. Built in 1747. Filled with great art and rare books. A quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of Newport. Daily papers and periodicals available to read in a rarified atmosphere.

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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We had a private tour -- the docent really knew her history -- and it was like hearing about recent events. The structure predates the Revolution and is the oldest library in the nation; its collection of Colonial-era portraits is superb.

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Staten Island, New York
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231 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This was a great little library where I was able to research my ancestors in a variety of books. The librarians were more than helpful and very courteous. Definitely worth the stop for doing research on genealogy or local history.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The work they have done to expand, upgrade and preserve this fascinating library complex is truly marvelous. Everything looks great and I particularly liked their new exhibit hall opposite the side entrance and the restored stick style house for the children's library and programs across the street. Most friendly staff and full of great paintings and decorative arts - a... More 

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Loved the architecture and collection of books. Just being there you feel like you're back in time. Very peaceful too!

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New York City, New York
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68 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

A wonderful building dating back to the 18th Century, the Redwood is a book lovers dream. Stately and elegant, it has a large reading room with wide tables filled with the latest periodicals. Book selves line this room and create alcoves in which to sit and read. The library still has a card catalog in those wonderful old little drawers... More 

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is the oldest lending library in America. It is well-preserved and has a large collection of colonial era documents. architectural plans, photos, maps and letters of significant historical value. One can become a supporting member of the library, or just get a day pass for a visit. Either way,it is a great way to spend a rainy summer afternoon... More 

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Carnelian Bay, Ca
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My grandson was interested in this after reading about it. We walked there from our hotel on Thames in about 20 minutes on a drizzly day. It was a great spot to hang out for an hour or more, looking at exhibits and enjoying all sorts of reading material. It is free, but donations are accepted. The history of the... More 

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Additional Information about Redwood Library & Athenaeum

Address: Address: 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401 847 0292
Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Newport
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

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