Providence Athenaeum, Providence

Providence Athenaeum, Providence

The Providence Athenaeum, founded in 1753, is the fourth oldest subscription library in the United States. In 1753 a group of private citizens started The Providence Library Company to gain access to a collection of books that they could not afford individually. Members paid a small subscription fee to the library to purchase books which all members could share. Stephen Hopkins, signatory of the Declaration of Independence, was a leading member of the early organization. Many of the early books had to be purchased from England.

In 1758, a fire destroyed the first collection of books, which were then housed at the Providence court house. Shortly after Brown University moved to Providence in 1770, the library offered students the use of its books. In 1836 the Providence Library Company merged with the Providence Atheneum (founded in 1831), and the merged organization became known as the Providence Athenaeum. In 1838 a new Greek Revival building was completed on Benefit Street by the Philadelphia architect, William Strickland.

Operation hours: Monday to Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm; Friday: 9 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm.
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Sight Name: Providence Athenaeum
Sight Location: Providence, USA (See walking tours in Providence)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Providence, Rhode Island

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Providence Historical Buildings Tour

Providence Historical Buildings Tour

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Providence Introduction Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles