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New Urban Arts Visit: High School students from New Urban Arts recently visited the Athenaeum. To read a blog posting about their trip, click here.

Summer Vacation: Please remember that we will be closed for our annual summer vacation from Aug. 3 through August 17th.

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New Arrivals

Fiction: Highlighting the fiction collection this month is Carlos Ruiz Zafon's return to a deeply gothic 1920's Barcelona in Angel's Game. To read more about our new fiction, click here.

Mystery: New reads this month include the newest titles by Alexander McCall Smith and Janet Evanovich. To see more new mystery books, click here.

Non-Fiction: With sprawling histories like Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone, there's enough great non-fiction titles to keep you busy all summer. Click here to see more.

DVDs: New this month is Taken, an action flick set in Paris. Liam Neeson delves into the dark underbelly of the City of Lights to rescue his kidnapped daughter. For more DVD news, click here.

Staff Picks: To see the latest selections by our staff, click here.


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The Providence Athenaeum is an independent membership library that opened on Benefit Street in 1838; its progenitor was an earlier library, The Providence Library Company, founded in 1753.

The Athenaeum's mission is to provide books and other materials to all, of any age, who love reading, appreciate literature, and enjoy cultural discovery. The Athenaeum's collections and historic building are maintained in the spirit of its founders in order to enrich the lives of all who enter its granite walls.

WalkwayWild Thang in the Kids Room Ladder

The stately stone of the granite exterior opens to the warmth of wood as you enter the Athenaeum. Starting at your feet and towering overhead, books envelop you in winding canyons, deep ravines, and hidden culs-de-sac of bound paper, centuries of stories, voices, and ideas waiting to be rediscovered...

More than a place for books, the Athenaeum itself has the transcendental power of the best literature. The library holds the intrigue of a great mystery, the history of a non-fictional epic, and the delicious escape of a fiction title. We welcome visitors and members to come in and enjoy the Athenaeum's ongoing story for themselves!

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