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936 W. Main Road, Middletown, RI, US, 02842

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Providence Athenaeum

251 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903
+1 401 421 6970

Winter - Sep to May - Mo to Th from 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM,Winter - Sep to May - Fr from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM,Winter - Sep to May - Su from 01:00 AM to 05:00 PM,Summer - Jun to Sep - Mo to Th from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM,Summer - Jun to Sep - Fr from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM,Summer - Jun to Sep - Sa from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

The Providence Athenaeum is one of America's oldest member-supported libraries and it has functioned as such since 1753 (though the present structure was built in 1838). According to 19th-century legend, the poet Edgar Allen Poe courted Sarah Whitman in the stacks of this granite Greek Revival building. Some of the collections include documents and books from the original Providence Library, rare editions from American authors like Louisa May Alcott and Herman Melville along with the Robert Burns collection, which has more than 400 items. Today, the Athenaeum hosts events throughout the year with a focus on education for both adults as well as children.
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