Join us in welcoming some of the nation's leading cultural voices, such as Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, Charles Yu, and Dorothy Wickenden. All welcome.

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

Members are welcome to visit the library to browse materials or sit and read, or pick up items through contactless curbside pickup, Tues - Sat, 10-6; Sun, 11-5.


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.