The Providence Athenaeum is Providence's oldest cultural center. Throughout the centuries the library has helped shape Providence into the city that stands today.
As such, we are more than happy to direct visitors to the many places that make the Renaissance City so special. Please see the local attractions listed below and feel free to ask at the Circulation Desk if you have any questions about this city we proudly call home!
You don't have to be a Brown student or alumn to appreciate the large collection of popular fiction/nonfiction books and Providence/Brown themed gifts stocked at the Brown University Bookstore. (Or the caffeinated beverages and sweets available at its cafe!)
One of America's grandest 18th Century mansions and one-time home to politician John Brown. Tour the historic residence and peruse the gift shop for a slice of Providence's past.
Just a block up from the Athenaeum, the John Hay Library houses Brown University's special collections.
The H.P. Lovecraft Archive Website has an enlarged map of the beloved local author's Providence haunts.
Tour this impressive marble building, taking in the elegant state library room and Senate and House chambers.
Providence Community Library operates and supports all nine of Providence's neighborhood libraries. Visit their website for locations and hours.
The architectural embodiment of RISD's artistic spirit, the Fleet Library is a stunning building that needs to be seen. Athenaeum members also enjoy borrowing abilities at the Fleet, making its eclectic collections accessible.
Located a block away from the Athenaeum, the Museum of Art houses exciting collections and frequently changing exhibitions.