Providence Public Library

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Providence Public Library is a 143-year-old nonprofit corporation providing free public library services through print, recorded and digital collections, information resources, programs of interest and relevance, and expert staff.

As the state's premiere personal learning institution, the Library is focused on building and strengthening our core mission and services for all Rhode Islanders -- expanding our reach and fostering critical connections with individuals and groups statewide -- to nurture and enhance the educational, historical and cultural fabric of Rhode Island.

The Library's 1900 building at 225 Washington Street, Providence, is on the registry of historic sites. Visitors may visit and take free guided architectural tours of the historic building on the first and third Tuesdays of each month (10:30 am) from April - December.

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Regular hours

Monday: 12:30 – 8:30 pm
Tuesday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am - 8:30 pm

Thursday: 12:30 – 5:30 pm

Friday: 9:30 am - 2 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sunday: Closed