One of the oldest libraries in the country, the Providence Athenæum seeks to enrich the literary, cultural, and intellectual pursuits of its members and surrounding community. The library celebrates the physical culture of the book and advances the humanities through innovative programming.
The Athenæum Salon series regularly welcomes some of the country’s most celebrated writers, historians, artists, scientists, and cultural leaders to address an engaged audience of members and the public. From topics ranging from Homer’s Odyssey to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, from the natural world to contemporary theater, from pub quizzes to poetry, the Athenæum seeks to bring Providence to the world, and bring the world to Providence.
To accomplish its mission, the library regularly partners with a wide array of cultural institutions, such as Rhode Island Public Radio, the RISD Museum, the RISD Nature Lab, Providence Children’s Film Festival, Goat Hill Writers, Rhode Island Historical Society, Trinity Repertory Company, the English Speaking Union, and many others.