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Providence Athenaeum

251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2709
+1 401-421-6970
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An experience worth the visit!

I happened on to this beautiful place, privately funded, and, a tribute to libraries and their... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2017
Providence, Rhode Island
If you're a library buff, this place is a must see.

You wouldn't tell from it's exterior, but inside is a real architectural gem of a space. Walking... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2017
Steven T
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One of America's oldest lending libraries established in 1753.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2709
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+1 401-421-6970
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Reviewed 28 July 2017

I happened on to this beautiful place, privately funded, and, a tribute to libraries and their collections anywhere! The building is beautiful, the selection of books, reference materials, and, periodicals, is vast! The atmosphere old- worldy, and, very nice. If you love books, and, victorian...More

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Reviewed 12 July 2017

You wouldn't tell from it's exterior, but inside is a real architectural gem of a space. Walking into the Athenaeum is like walking back in time. You can almost feel the presence of HP Lovecraft. Even if you're not a library buff, you owe yourself...More

Thank Steven T
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Love this little library. Very cozy. On beautiful Benefit Street across from the Court House. Great books and art work.

Thank Mary K
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

This is Amazing. And it's always empty. It s One of the most beautiful libraries I have ever been to. I like Providence because it Is extremely civilized. My Father participated in restoring this historical town years ago. I also Curated a Vintage Photograph Show...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 19 April 2017

a sight worth seeing, quaint, short, or spend some time there, historically educational, but you can read and even buy some books today...I spent time glancing a t a guide book that served me well for the Providence area...worth a quick (or longer) stop...

Thank izakthemindful
Reviewed 24 November 2016

What a treasure! Take the self-guided tour of this 19th century library frequented by Edgar Allen Poe, his fiance Rose Whitman ( learn the story of their breakup two days before their wedding), the Franklin Society, and HP Lovecraft. The collection is fascinating and well-worth...More

Thank Meg B
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

This was a lovely little find. It's a wonderful old library with quiet spaces to read or study. Worth visiting if you're in the neighbourhood of Brown University, it's really charming.

Thank something_similar
Reviewed 4 November 2016

Really a very nice space. Quiet, hushed voices. Creaky floor boards, incandescent lighting and old card index system. Reminds me of libraries of my childhood.

Thank Amy R
Reviewed 22 August 2016

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...More

Thank Joe1234665
Reviewed 12 August 2016

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...More

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