Providence Public Library continues free building tours

Providence Public Library Free Public Building Tours Continue

Historic/Architectural Tours Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday

– Providence Public Library will continue to offer free guided architectural tours of its historic library building on the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning at 10:30 AM from the Library's grand entrance at 225 Washington Street, Providence.  The tour lasts 1 hour or more. If parking, plan accordingly.  Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours. Bring ticket for stamping at the Library.

The Library opened its 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 (Gilded Age) American architecture.  According the Communications Director Tonia Mason, “By restoring the building's original spaces and making them available for community use, the Library is honoring and renewing the spirit of our unique and historic building so it continues to inspire and uplift those seeking opportunities for lifelong learning and to gather with community.”

Providence Public Library...Building for the Ages - The story of the 113-year-old Library's recent restoration. (video)

Members of the public are invited to visit and learn about this architectural gem at the heart of our community, along with the Library's unique and special collections, including the Rhode Island Collection.  In addition, the public is invited to schedule personal visits/tours of the Library's Special and Rhode Island Collections by contacting collections librarians at 401-455-8021 and 401-455-8028, respectively.

Group tours outside of these days/times are also possible. To schedule a special group tour, please contact Tonia Mason at 401.455.8090 or You may also access the Library's annotated online tour at (Library Tour).  Online Tour

In addition, the Library encourages visitors during its regular open hours*.  Please come to the Library's main 150 Empire Street entrance:

Monday & Thursday    12:30 – 8:30 pm
Tuesday    9:30 – 5:30 pm
Friday       12:30 – 5:30 pm
Saturday    9:30 – 2:30 pm
Sunday (mid-Oct.-mid-May) 1:00 – 5:00 pm
* Subject to change

(release from Providence Public Library)