The Providence Athenaeum
251 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903 (401) 421-6970
The Athenaeum is the city’s private library, located on Benefit Street, right across from the courthouse. It is a drop-dead gorgeous building filled, of course, with books (everything from hot off the presses to too rare to touch without an appointment), comfortable places to sit, every good-quality magazine you could want (not a Ladies Home Journal or Maxim in sight), and more DVDs than you can shake a stick at. Upstairs in the stacks, you might notice several weary and bespectacled researchers working diligently on what must be their dissertations. However, no one under the age of eight is allowed upstairs, so it’s unlikely you and your brood would disrupt anything too serious.
Written by Katy Killilea