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Historic Library Tours

Guided architectural tours of our historic library are offered at 10:30 am on the first and third Tuesday of each month, May through November. Come to our 225 Washington Street entrance.

The Library opened this classic Venetian Renaissance building in March 1900. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Library is a prime example of turn-of-the-century American architecture.

In making the Library’s restored, original spaces available for community use, we are honoring and renewing the spirit of our unique and historic building so it continues to inspire and uplift those seeking lifelong learning and opportunities to gather with the community. We invite you to visit and learn about this architectural gem at the heart of our community, along with our unique and special collections, including the Rhode Island Collection.

Now that the Library’s historic $25 million renovation of its 1950s building is 50 percent complete and the 21st-century library vision is becoming a reality, PPL is offering a “Sneak Peek” at the construction as part of its regular historic/architectural tours that run on Tuesdays* (see scheduled dates below) at 11:00 AM.  Meet inside the Library’s grand entrance at 225 Washington Street, Providence.

Scheduled Tour Dates

July 2 & July 23

August 6 & August 20

September 3 & September 17

October 1 & October 15

November 5 & November 19

Library Open Hours

  • Monday 12:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Thursday 9:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 9:30 - 2:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm