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Nantucket Atheneum

1 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3519
+1 508-228-1110
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A Bit of the Old Nantucket

Because our 3-day visit to the island was in mainly rainy weather, we made a couple fo visits to... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
Stunning old building is now the library

I heard they had free wifi so I went inside, but I was so mesmerized by the old building I wound up... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
Shelley K
Dallas, Texas
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The Nantucket Atheneum is the public library for Nantucket, Massachusetts. The institution was formed in 1834 as a private, membership organization and became a public library in 1900. The Nantucket Atheneum offers free access to millions of books, films and music as well as over 1,000 programs for all ages year round. Our iconic building, built in 1846, is located in the heart of downtown and features art and artifacts important to the island's maritime history as the center of whaling. The library also provides a free wifi signal, computer access on the second floor and a beautiful, inviting garden.
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1 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3519
+1 508-228-1110
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Because our 3-day visit to the island was in mainly rainy weather, we made a couple fo visits to this ancient institution, which is now the town library. Here we found quiet tables at which to write our postcards, relax, and read many interesting books...More

Reviewed 23 October 2017

I heard they had free wifi so I went inside, but I was so mesmerized by the old building I wound up walking through all the floors and looking around instead.

Thank Shelley K
Reviewed 6 October 2017

They were very friendly and hospitable when I stopped in to look at the beautiful architecture and art. It's a beautiful, old New England library and very historically significant in Nantucket. Right near the Whaling Museum. It's free so stop in.

Thank Rolf L
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Free - beautiful library with oriental rugs and antique chairs and tables. Worth a peek inside even if you don't have a library card.Historic -- Frederic Douglas gave his first speech here...

Thank NWS2012
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Nantucket is a tourist beehive of activity and if you want R/R there are many comfortable chairs to sit and read. Upstairs are the archives but the day I visited that floor was getting ready for an evening program. I was a day tripper so...More

1  Thank pollytalknyc
Reviewed 26 July 2017

We visited the Atheneum as part of the Whaling Museum's Walking Tour. It was inspiring to hear a bit more about the history of Nantucket's culture through Atheneum's use and purpose. The tour explained how the American spirit endured and shaped life on the island,...More

Thank bodenmillermichelle
Reviewed 22 July 2017

The building is beautiful, wifi is fast and good, and the resources are great. They have a good collection of books as well as an amazing online collection- you can get audiobooks and ebooks on your computer or phone! Helpful staff and plenty of places...More

Thank emcleanxc
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

This is one of the many historic buildings in town, and it is now a beautiful and unique library. They also have speakers and presentations here, too.

Thank QuickWhitTravel
Reviewed 3 July 2017

The Nantucket Athenaeum is a hub of local history and sponsors concerts, lectures, symposiums, classes and children's programming. And most of these are free or reasonably priced. They also team up with the Unitarian Church for events. The building itself is a landmark and you...More

1  Thank Cezannepainter
Reviewed 18 May 2017

This was a great stop...I love visiting local historic libraries and this one was special, especially the children's room. Very nicely done!

Thank RoseDhu
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