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Providence Athenaeum
Ranked #22 of 134 things to do in Providence
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Owner description: One of America's oldest lending libraries established in 1753.
Reviewed January 23, 2013

So cool. I'm a sucker for old buildings. Second oldest library in the country I believe. Neat place to check out

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Across the street from the RISD Museum is this beautiful old (one of the first in the nation) library. Plaster busts crown old wooden stacks filled with the most eclectic, well curated library collection filled with treasures. The children's library is excellent. You may browse to your hearts content but you must be a member to borrow materials.
Selfishly I hate to share this, but one of my favorite things to do in the winter is to go downstairs, choose a magazine or maybe a 150 year old book from their collection, sit in a wing chair or curl up on the couch, watch the snow drift down, read, dream, and think that some woman like me sat here 200 years ago, dress sweeping the floor, gloves in hand, looking out the window at the snow...
I should add that the library hosts many interesting events, some in tandem with RISD openings, has an electronic newsletter that gives a most comprehensive offerings of events and happenings in Providence. It's living history but also hip and contemporary at the same time. Just an amazing place.

2  Thank Lisa C
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

If you are walking around the East Side, definitely stop in this building. It is beautiful building, with tons of history and the architecture is so impressive, along with everything that fills it- the books!

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Reviewed November 28, 2012

This is your grandmother's library, complete with card catalog (with some hand-written entries). Comfortable reading room and very interesting programs if you happen to catch one; there's a self-guided tour of the building that could be done in 10 minutes. A nice place to take a break after the RISD museum (across the street.)

1  Thank Jazzmom15
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

I loved browsing the shelves of this ancient library. Knowing Edgar Allen Poe read here too was very exciting.

Thank famharr5
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