PPL Ship Room set for a meeting

Reserve/Rent Facilities

Providence Public Library (PPL) offers limited facility rentals to community groups, nonprofit (501c3) organizations, private businesses, and government agencies, in accordance with Library policies and State and Federal laws.

Library Sponsored Programs

Programs that meet the Library's mission of providing balanced, lifelong learning opportunities to the public may qualify for Library sponsorship. In order to qualify, your program must be free, open to the public, and unaffiliated with advertising, sales, or fundraising that would benefit any individual or organization. Sponsorship decisions are made by the Library's Programming Committee, which meets regularly.

If you are interested in applying for sponsorship, please submit your request using the form below. Please note that the form must be filled out in its entirety. Requests received with any fields left blank will not be considered for sponsorship. No unsolicited calls/visits, please.

Special Events / Catered Events

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For meeting room availability and rental inquiries, including utilizing the Library for a wedding and other special occasion photos, please use the Library Space Reservation/Rental Inquiry form below. A reply to your inquiry will be made quickly.

For information about holding catered events and to speak directly with a representative of Russell Morin Catering & Events, please call 401-455-8072 or use the Library Space Reservation/Rental Inquiry Form below.

Safety Measures During the Pandemic

We take very seriously our responsibility to keep our staff and patrons safe. PPL is following all state recommendations and screens each employee at the beginning of their shift for COVID-19 symptoms. Staff and patrons are required to wear a face covering while in the building and to observe social distancing at all times. The Library is also cleaning all high-touch surfaces per state guidelines. Thank you for doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19!

We are not currently accepting reservations per the Reopening RI Guidelines.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, room availability and times available may change.

The Ship Room will be available for daytime rental during library hours only. Other locations, as listed, are available for photography only.

We will accept reservations for other parts of the building on a case-by-case basis and only when the building is open. Please see the Library’s hours.

  • Limited attendees: 10 people are allowed for private events per Rhode Island Department of Health. All attendees must be listed in advance.
  • Health waivers: Everyone in attendance must sign a health waiver before entering the building.
  • Masks: Attendees must wear masks unless eating or brief unmasking within pods for photographs.
  • Food or drink: No food or drink is allowed unless the event is catered by Russell Morin.
  • Building Access/Roaming: Your party will be attended by a member of the Library staff while you are in the building. Access beyond the listed areas is prohibited without explicit permission from Library staff.
  • Restrooms: Attendees must use restrooms closest to the Ship Room.
  • Entrance and exit: Attendees must exit and enter the building only through the Washington Street door.
  • Library staff: Attendees are expected to follow the directions of all library staff while in the building.
  • Cancellations: The Library and Morins reserve the right to cancel or postpone events, but will make every effort to contact rentee before this occurs.

Accessibility

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.

Library Space Reservation / Rental Inquiry

Guidance for working with us:

  • Contact us at least 2 weeks before your event; weddings and catered events should contact us as far in advance as possible to ensure availability.
  • For private events without catering, payment is due 7 days before your event
  • There may be additional fees for events, including security and cleaning
  • We offer discounts and co-sponsorship for non-profit organizations

Pricing

  • Private events, including wedding photography
    • $500 per hour, $2500 per day (9 AM - 3 PM, with 1 hour clean up included);
  • Qualifying non-profit events
    • $250 per hour, $1500 per day (9 AM - 3 PM with 1 hour clean up included)

Timing of events

Events should start and end during our operating hours.


Monday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday Closed

Ready to Work With Us?

Are you interested in holding your special event at the Library or do you wish to present a program that would be of general interest and presented free and open to the public? If so, please provide the following information: