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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. 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.

Library Open Hours

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

* Expanded hours will begin Sept. 4, 2018