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Library Hours

September through May

Monday -Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 1pm-5pm

June 16 - Labor Day

Monday - Thursday: 10am-6pm

Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday: 10am-1pm

Sunday: Closed

 

The Athenaeum is closed on the following holidays:

Please Note: The Athenaeum closes for vacation the first two weeks of August.

Please Note: The library will very occasionally close due to inclement weather. If in doubt, please call ahead!

Calendar of Events: Click here.

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Upstairs Desk

Staircase

Behind Circulation

A Special Note to Visitors

A key component of the Providence Athenaeum's successful 250 + years of operation has been engaging new community members in our institution. Click here to find out why we'd love to have you stop by and get to know the Athenaeum for yourself!

Directions

Click here for a Mapquest map of the Athenaeum's location.

From I-195, Westbound

Take Exit 2 for Point St./South Main St. At the light, continue straight onto South Main St. At the next light, take a right onto College St. You will be heading uphill. The first stop sign is Benefit Street and the Athenaeum is directly across the street on your right.

From I-95, Southbound

Take Exit 22A into downtown Providence. The exit will turn toward the left and you will then be on Memorial Blvd.

Continue on Memorial Blvd. until you reach the 5th set of lights.  Turn left onto College St. Proceed through the next set of lights (South Main Street) and up the hill. The first stop sign is Benefit Street and the Athenaeum is directly across the street on your right.

From I-95, Northbound

Take Exit 22A onto Memorial Blvd., toward downtown Providence. Continue on Memorial Blvd. until you read the 5th set of lights. Turn left onto College St. Proceed through the next set of lights (South Main Street) and up the hill. The first stop sign is Benefit Street and the Athenaeum is directly across the street on your right.

Parking

There are a small number of parking spaces available behind the Athenaeum, off of College Street.

Please note that these are reserved for library members only. Thank you!

Horse-Drawn Carriage

Accessibility

The Athenaeum is accessible to persons with disabilities. Handicapped members and guests can enter the Athenaeum via the back entrance off of College Street. This entrance will grant access to the main floor of the library.

The lower floor of the library is handicapped accessible through a door that leads to the garden. (As this door is typically locked, please call ahead if you wish to use this entrance upon your arrival.) The top floor is unfortunately not accessible to visitors in wheelchairs.