About Us

Providence Public Library (PPL) is a 149-year-old nonprofit corporation providing 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.

PPL is continually transforming and focused on providing equally transformative experiences for all Rhode Islanders. The Library is actively expanding our reach through critical statewide collaborations and serving as an open and supportive teaching and learning place where communities can connect, experience, create and achieve, whether in our physical or virtual realms.

To achieve our mission, the Library is strategically focused on serving Rhode Island families and early care providers, teens, downcity residents, learners seeking workforce development, and those pursuing creative and scholarly endeavors.

Tour The Library

Arrange a tour of Providence Public Library for your school / class / group or view our schedule of Historic Library tours.

PPL Alum Sen

One opportunity leads to another with PPL...the urge for my learning never ends. And PPL is always there to quench the thirst for lifelong learners. The staff at PPL strive in their effort to serve the community and help everyone improve literacy and digital skills. I am glad that I am part of this community. The memories of my journey with PPL and the staff will always stay fresh.

- Sen Kalaimani
PPL Alum