Please join us in person or virtually as we welcome an array of interesting people talking about interesting things! Plenty of activities for kids, too!

Explore our new archive of past events featuring fascinating speakers like Ann Patchett, Colson Whitehead, David Blight, and Gordon Wood!

The Athenæum's popular reading groups are offered exclusively to library members. Join a group to examine old classics, explore new titles, and meet your fellow members!


For nearly 200 years, the Athenæum has been at the heart of cultural life in Providence.
Our mission is to enrich the mind, inspire the spirit, and elevate the public discourse.