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Providence Public Library is an essential agency of public education and crucial to the infrastructure of our community. We are one of the few major libraries in the United States that is a private not-for-profit institution governed by a Board of Trustees, giving us the flexibility to respond to community need rapidly and effectively.

Since 1875, Providence Public Library has led residents of Providence and all Rhode Island to opportunities for lifelong learning and cultural enrichment. The Library is a private, nonprofit corporation providing free public library services through print, recorded, and digital collections, information resources, programs of interest and relevance, and expert staff.

As a private organization with only partial State funding, Providence Public Library depends on the generous donations and other support of friends like you so that we can continue to create, preserve and maintain our award-winning array of collections, programs and services.

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Providence Public Library Mission

Providence Public Library Foundation Mission
The PPL Foundation ensures continued excellence in library services for the Providence Public Library community by providing private funding to enhance programs and services.

For further information, please call Nancy Ponte, Development Manager, at (401) 455-8003 or at