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Address: 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401 847 0292
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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
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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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Beautiful Library and Museum for those interested in early American History

I loved having this place just down the street from our hotel. There is an admission charge of $10 which is interesting as I have never seen this before. It is very small with a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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New York
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157 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I loved having this place just down the street from our hotel. There is an admission charge of $10 which is interesting as I have never seen this before. It is very small with a main reference area and another room filled with paintings of founding father's and other early immigrant families. I went on a Sunday when the reference... More 

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Miami, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

this is a historic library - a must visit and even better is they have a little nook where they sell books for $1 or less

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Thank Jane W
Abingdon, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

We were fortunate to attend a piano recital by a young German pianist at the Redwood Library, a historic museum/library in Newport, RI. You should make every effort to include a visit in you itinerary.

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Thank Quertosomo2015
Mineola, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

As the place is on the small side, there isn't much of a "tour". The guide was terrific. Full of facts, interesting, extremely knowledgeable. We found it fascinating and wished she had talked to us even longer. We learned so much and enjoyed every minute of the her ability to present the history of this place.

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Thank T R
Newport, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Oldest lending library in America. Architecturally beautiful. Memberships are open to the public. Lots of activity morning to night. Open all year and has a very faithful clientele. Lots of offerings, concerts and guest speakers. Well worth the minimal membership fee.

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Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

IF you have a RI library card, the entrance fee is waived, other wise you pay 10 dollars for an adult entry fee. There are wonderful portraits throughout, and a wonderful reading room, a nice place to take a break after visiting the mansions. There are clean bathrooms as well.

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Brewster, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

Last year we visited the library...they had cases with historical documents...books.....a welcoming staff who spent a little time with us...made us feel welcome and invited us to listen to a concert in the next room that was about to begin....we stay for over on a snowy afternoon last year....so this year part our family came and we wanted them to... More 

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Thank Jean L
Coventry, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

a great historic library that is one if not the oldest in the country.the art is fantastic and the inside of the building is outstanding. However they need funds to keep it open and so they have been charging these huge entrance fees.check before going in. it may turn you away as it did me. just glad I have seen... More 

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1 Thank Barry N
New England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

The oldest lending library in America is charging visitors a $10 admission fee beginning on January 2, 2016. Admission will be free for members, students with a valid ID and those younger than 18. In addition, the library now charges $5 for the guided tour. I understand the need to generate money, but this is a fairly small space with,... More 

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Brick
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

The oldest part of the building is from 1747. It's the oldest lending library in the United States. If you're interested in historic buildings check it out it's full of thousands of rare old books

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