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Providence Athenaeum

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Address: 251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2709
Phone Number: 401-421-6970
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One of America's oldest lending libraries established in 1753.

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Old and quant

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Joe1234665
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Weston, Connecticut
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Weston, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 and old fashioned in a good way.

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 been a place of pride for the founders back in the day. Lovely place to visit. Beautifully maintained.

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is definately worth a ten minute walk thru this beautiful old library located a block or two away from Brown University.

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Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can guide yourself trough this tiny, yet very cosy and unique library. There are folders with a raven on it that tell you where to go.

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Hadley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No computers. No media centers. An interior essentially unchanged probably since the 1930s. Books and art, art and books, stashed in a beautiful old building with a friendly and helpful staff. And really cool stuff about Lovecraft (Providence's own) and Poe, too. Rare book room by appointment (I didn't make one and didn't go in). NOT wheelchair-accessible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Want to feel back to the 19th Century? When people could read the newspapers in a large armchair and have a view on a garden? That's the place, only Edgar Poe will not be smoking his cigar there. Incidentally become a member and find an old book.

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Danbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

From quiet stacks to study in, to original card catalogs dating to 1900, and a rare collection room, this library is a must-see for those looking for something different in Providence. The staff is also very friendly and helpful!

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

The Athenaeum is a member-supported library and cultural center on the east side of the river. The building is a small architectural Greek Revival on Benefit Street, a short walk from the first Baptist Meetinghouse in America.

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

This was the best! Of course I am a retired librarian, so I may be biased. Great Edgar Allen Poe exhibit. And the card catalogs with hand written cards were fascinating... Cozy seating downstairs. Much better than the John Hay library in the same area...

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016 via mobile

A charming public library with two floors of stacks and one floor as a reading room. An open floor plan and cute decor. Highly recommend!

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