The library will be closed for its annual summer break from Sunday, 7/30 to Sunday, 8/13. Materials will not be due or accrue fines during this time.

Our hours have changed for the summer. Mon-Thurs: 10-6; Fri: 9-5; Sat: 10-2; Sun: closed. Stop by for free staff-led tours Wednesday & Saturday mornings!

Miss a Salon? Want to revisit a favorite? Tune in to our brand new program recordings!. Fall 2016 & Spring 2017 now available for streaming or download.


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.