Collections at Home
Even though the Library is closed, PPL still has many ways for you to explore Special Collections! From archiving Rhode Island's response to the coronavirus pandemic, to digging deep into the logbooks in the Nicholson Whaling Collection, to updating the backgrounds for your online meetings with downloadable sets of curated images, there are many ways to enjoy PPL's Special Collections from home.
A partnership between Providence Public Library and Rhode Island Historical Society, the Rhode Island COVID-19 Archive project encourages all Rhode Islanders to document their experience during this historic moment and to contribute those items to this public archive.
Now is the perfect time to settle in and read a hand-written nautical logbook. We've made 750 of them available online, and if you'd like to share your transcription we'll add it to our database. Here's a guide to how you can help.
The next best thing to being here in-person. Until we're able to welcome you back in-person we'll help you browse the stacks, work with collections, or just see some fun collection materials.
Keep up-to-date with the expanded databases, reference services, programming, and more that the library is doing to make as much available to you safely from home.
ProvLibDigital, PPL's online collections showcase, is home to over 20,000 images, and we’re adding more every day.
Special Collections Backgrounds for Online Meetings
Eight packs of images to serve as your background in video calls are downloadable as compressed folders, and include 10 to 15 images, complete with citations.