The Providence Public Library is working to bring you Library material in new and interactive ways, wherever you are.


What are Digital Collections? So glad you asked.

In addition to the things you are used to seeing at the Library, like books, magazines, and movies, the PPL also has collections that might surprise you.

The Library has Special Collections which is comprised of several distinct collections of over 40,000 books, manuscripts, pamphlets, ephemera, newspapers, maps, broadsides, art, and artifacts, representing over four thousand years of human history and culture. Generally speaking, these items are fragile, priceless, and require an appointment to view. Digitizing these items and displaying them online allows you to enjoy them anytime, with or without cotton gloves.

Boys at Camp Yawgoog in Hopkinton RI practice archery, circa 1950s. Founded in 1916, Camp Yawgoog is the fourth oldest continuously running Boy Scout camp in the country.

Technology instructor Don Gregory teaching a class.

The community's collections. That's you.

It's not just the Library's collections we would like to share, but new resources the community creates. The Library aids students, researchers, and others to create new material, such as the Neighborhood Profiles completed by the Teen Tech Squad in Summer 2014.

Students used PPL Collections, such as maps and historic photos, but also created new collections material by going out into the community and taking photos, videos, personal interviews and more. Their final projects became part of the PPL's permanent collections. Because they were born-digital, they must be displayed online.

The Providence Public Library is supported by the donation of funds by users like you. Please donate to support the acquisition and conservation of our materials, and to support digital projects such as this.