Exterior of the Providence Public Library - facing Washington Street

Hours & Directions

150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-455-8000

PPL is largely compliant with ADA accessibility guidelines. Read more about ADA compliance at the Library, and for specific accommodations, please call 401-455-8141.

Monday 8:30 am - 7 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 7 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 7 pm
Thursday 1 pm - 5 pm
Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 4 pm
Sunday Closed

The Library will be closed Monday, July 1 - Saturday, July 6, 2024 to enable staff team building and training. Normal hours of operation will resume Monday, July 8.

Books reserved/on hold will be held through July 10. For further questions about books reserved/placed on hold, please speak with our Info Services team.


Directions to Providence Public Library

From the South
Take 95 North to the Broadway exit (Exit 21) and merge right as you come off the exit ramp. Stay in the right lane and continue straight through the light. You will see the Providence Hilton and the Civic Center on your left. Stay in the right lane as the road curves to the right. The Library is on your right. 

From the North
Take 95 South to the Atwells Avenue exit (Exit 21). Turn left off the exit at the light, and cross back over 95 and continue straight through one set of lights. The Providence Hilton is on your left. Take slight left at next set of lights, curving around to the right and then continuing straight on Empire Street to the next set of traffic lights. The Library is immediately on the right (150 Empire Street). If you have crossed the Washington Street intersection, you’ve passed us. 

From the East Bay or Southeastern Massachusetts areas
Take 195 West to 95 North to Exit 21 and continue with the directions "From the South." 

Nearby Parking Facilities

LAZ Parking - 197 Fountain Street (entrance directly across from The Hilton hotel) and other locations (LAZ Parking)

DownCity Parking - 13 locations (www.downcityparking.com), 401-273-9466

Amica Mutual Pavilion (AMP) Parking - 99 West Exchange Street, Providence

RIPTA Service

PPL is walking distance from Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence.

Kennedy Plaza Intermodal Transportation Center