Support the Library


Providence Public Library is an essential agency of public education crucial to the infrastructure of our community. We are one of the few major libraries in the United States that is a private, nonprofit institution governed by a Board of Trustees, giving us the flexibility to respond to community need rapidly and effectively.

Since 1875, PPL has led residents of Providence and all Rhode Island to opportunities for lifelong learning and cultural enrichment. The Library provides free public library services through its rich and historic physical and digital collections, extensive information resources, thought-provoking exhibitions, impactful educational programs and expert staff.

As a private organization with only partial state funding, PPL 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.

Become a Member

Providence Public Library Mission

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

For further information, please call (401) 455-8003.


Car Donation Program

Donate your car, boat, truck, RC, jet ski or snowmobile to Providence Public Library and receive a tax deduction. This no cost, no hassle process begins when you contact our partners at Donation Line LLC at (877) 227-7487, ext. 3249.

Make sure to mention PPL as your charity of choice when arranging your free vehicle pick-up - Donation Line does the rest! For more information, or to start the process online, click here.