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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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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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History Comes Alive

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 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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220 reviews 220 reviews
61 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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 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 68 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 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 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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156 reviews 156 reviews
24 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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Needham, Massachusetts
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72 reviews 72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The library is worth a visit just to see the paintings and the very different collections.This time they had photos of men in tux over the years that was in glass cases.The real treat was the room with paintings by very famous artists.I recommend this library and it's interesting collections.

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Toronto, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Architecture, artwork and a library of refinement. Just lovely and genteel. Worth a visit. And then a cup of tea.

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Sydney, Australia
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909 reviews 909 reviews
454 attraction reviews
366 helpful votes 366 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This lovely little private subscription library founded in 1747 'is the oldest community library still occupying its original building in the United States'. It's mostly untouched and totally charming.

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