Providence Public Library Free Public Building Tours Winter Schedule

Historic/Architectural Tours Available Upon Request during January & February 

For January and February, Providence Public Library will offer its free guided architectural tours of its historic library building upon request for groups of four or more.  Please contact us at 455-8134 to schedule a tour.  Visit & learn about this architectural gem at the heart of our community, as well as our unique Special & Rhode Island Collections. The tour lasts 1 hour or more.  If parking, plan accordingly.  Parking is available on street and in area lots.

The regular-running tour -- normally scheduled on the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning at 10:30 AM from the Library’s grand entrance at 225 Washington Street, Providence – will be on hiatus during the winter.

The Library opened its 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 (Gilded Age) American architecture.  According the Communications Director Tonia Mason, “By restoring the building’s original spaces and making them available for community use, the Library is honoring and renewing the spirit of our unique and historic building so it continues to inspire and uplift those seeking opportunities for lifelong learning and to gather with community.”

Providence Public Library...Building for the Ages - The story of the 115-year-old Library’s recent restoration. (video)

Members of the public are invited to visit and learn about this architectural gem at the heart of our community, along with the Library’s unique and special collections, including the Rhode Island Collection.  In addition, the public is invited to schedule personal visits/tours of the Library’s Special and Rhode Island Collections by contacting collections librarians at 401-455-8021 and 401-455-8028, respectively.

In addition, the Library encourages visitors during its regular open hours.  Please come to the Library’s main 150 Empire Street entrance:

   Monday & Wednesday    12:30 – 8:30 pm

   Tuesday    9:30 – 5:30 pm

   Thursday  12:30 – 5:30 pm

   Friday       12:30 – 5:30 pm

   Saturday    9:30 – 2:30 pm

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