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Providence Athenaeum

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Address: 251 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903-2709
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+1 401-421-6970
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One of America's oldest lending libraries established in 1753.

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amazing blast to the past yet relevent today

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... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
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Santa Monica, California
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Santa Monica, California
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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...

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Plano, Texas
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 examining.

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Thank Meg B
London, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
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.

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South Bend, Indiana
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186 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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.

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Thank Amy R
Weston, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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 in a good way.

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Thank Joe1234665
Chicago, IL
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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 day. Lovely place to visit. Beautifully maintained.

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016

It is definately worth a ten minute walk thru this beautiful old library located a block or two away from Brown University.

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Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016

You can guide yourself trough this tiny, yet very cosy and unique library. There are folders with a raven on it that tell you where to go.

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Thank Curlygirlabroad_1
Hadley, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016

No computers. No media centers. An interior essentially unchanged probably since the 1930s. Books and art, art and books, stashed in a beautiful old building with a friendly and helpful staff. And really cool stuff about Lovecraft (Providence's own) and Poe, too. Rare book room by appointment (I didn't make one and didn't go in). NOT wheelchair-accessible.

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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016

Want to feel back to the 19th Century? When people could read the newspapers in a large armchair and have a view on a garden? That's the place, only Edgar Poe will not be smoking his cigar there. Incidentally become a member and find an old book.

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