Historic Library Tours

Free Public Tours


Guided architectural tours of our historic library are offered at 10:30 AM on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Come to our 225 Washington Street entrance. Tours are approximately one hour long.


Parking is available in various area lots or on the street.

* If parking on a meter, please give yourself a little more than one hour's time in case tour runs long.

To schedule a special group tour outside of these times, please contact Louise Moulton at 401.455.8134 or lmoulton@provlib.org. You may also access the Library’s annotated online tour at www.provlib.org (Library Tour).

We encourage visitors during our open hours. Please come to our 150 Empire Street entrance:

   Monday & Wednesday    12:30 – 8:30 pm

   Tuesday    9:30 – 5:30 pm

   Thursday & Friday       12:30 – 5:30 pm

   Saturday    9:30 – 2:30 pm

   Sunday (mid-Oct. - mid-May)  1:00 – 5:00 pm

Classical proportioning … Renaissance artistry … Beaux-Arts detail...

The Library opened this classic Venetian Renaissance building in March 1900. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Library is a prime example of turn-of-the-century American architecture.

By restoring the Library’s original spaces and making them available for community use, we are honoring and renewing the spirit of our unique and historic building so it continues to inspire and uplift those seeking lifelong learning and opportunities to gather with community.

We invite you to visit and learn about this architectural gem at the heart of our community, along with our unique and special collections, including the Rhode Island Collection.

Providence Public Library...Building for the Ages (VIDEO) - The story of our 117-year-old library's restoration. (video)

Virtual Online Tour