Providence Athenæum

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Providence Athenæum
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Libraries
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: College Hill
How to get there
  • Providence Station • 9 min walk
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Shanelle
Santa Monica, CA2,358 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Beautiful library with self-guided tours. There’s a suggested donation of $5 per person and they take credit card and cash. You have to check in by going to the office on the left hand side to get a sticker before you can walk around the library. There were plenty of members also studying/reading while we walked around and since it’s so quiet, be mindful of your squeaky shoes.

There’s a mezzanine area as well as a downstairs part which houses the old artwork and some very comfy chairs. If you’re just doing the self-guided tour, you could spend half an hour to an hour, depending on how in-depth you’d like to go.
Written May 11, 2022
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Ronald02861
Kobe, Japan2 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
A further reason to visit the Athenaeum is to see the bronze bust of H. P. Lovecraft there by by Bryan Moore of Arkham Studios. It was unveiled in August 2013,
Written October 22, 2013
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Kell E
Minneapolis, MN73 contributions
Sep 2019
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 minutes just to soak up the vibe. Excellent library!
Written January 1, 2020
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Aussie60’s
Melbourne, Australia71 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
We simply loved it. The ambience has to be experienced to understand.

My wife is an avid reader and could have stayed there all day ... the names on the shelves are amazing. For me, I enjoyed sitting and reading the paper. There was no effective aircon, so best to visit on a cooler day.

Delightful! Highly recommended.
Written August 27, 2019
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NancyWMorton
Tacoma, WA38 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
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...
Written January 28, 2016
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Meggan F
Gloucester, MA22 contributions
Jun 2019
This place is a cool secret. It was a super neat library full of history. It’s over 200 years old and such a neat building. I wanted to stay and read all the books! I also geeked out seeing all the old school card catalogs.
Written June 21, 2019
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hoopsnflies
Providence, RI7 contributions
Apr 2019
Not just a place that lends books, the Athenaeum is a living library, Worth a visit to see its beauty or sit in a chair where Edger Allen Poe or H.P. Lovecraft wrote. Fridays often have excellent lectures and there are many events for children.
Written June 4, 2019
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PVD Elevators & Aviation
Providence, RI382 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
This is a private library on the east side of Providence. Even though it is private, they let people come in and look around. It has been visited by Edgar Allen Poe and others!! A must see if you like books, historical sites, or architecture.
Written April 11, 2019
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Chris_vonR
Montreal, Canada391 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Felt welcome to visit this private collection, with fascinating history. This is a peaceful site worth a quick visit.
Written March 9, 2019
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Barry N
Coventry, RI3,321 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
well they have items on the shelves that are so rare and also some that are just normal. However this great building which is a hidden gem is an Icon in the State of RI that should not be missed. It is not huge,but what there is is amazing. That the great Edger Allan Poe visited is enough to get your blood going. Sit and look for a while and you will learn a lot. How do you miss such a gem when it in your own area.Don't miss this. A treasure within your grasp.
Written January 28, 2019
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Providence Athenæum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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