Members now have access to an online library of eBooks to download on their own devices. Just call the Circulation Desk for your library ID number to get started!

Our second Academy series "Literature and the Other" features Brown Professor Arnold Weinstein over four weeks in February. Spots are limited, so register soon!

Memberships begin at only $8/month! Gain access to the Ath and RISD's extensive collections, receive special invitations and priority registration, and more.


The Providence Athenæum seeks to enrich the literary, cultural, and intellectual pursuits of its members and surrounding community through extraordinary collections and innovative programming. Committed to the stewardship of our historic building, the physical culture of books, and the advancement of the humanities, the Athenæum welcomes diverse audiences and spirited conversation.