The Library has some amazing collections, including over 50,000 rare books, manuscripts, artifacts and ephemera that represent thousands of years of human history and culture. From whaling logbooks and children's books to type specimens and World War II posters, we want you to visit and use them for yourself.
But just in case you aren't able to be here in person (or in case you want images to use for your own creative projects), we're making reproductions of our items available online, so you can enjoy them anytime and in any place.
Over 700 fully-digitized whaling logs
Over 400 images depicting printers, booksellers & other book trade members
Over 100 manuscript items relating Rhode Island's history from the 17th-20th century
Almost 200 letters by a Rhode Island Civil War soldier, dating from 1861-1864
A select sampling of ballads held in the Library's collection
A selection of foreign language editions of Harriet Beecher Stowe's work
Includes image files and instructions for recreating five entertaining objects from bygone eras
Highlights broadsides exhibited at the Providence Athenaeum as part of the Rhode Island Center for the Book's Art of the Book program.
Contemporary reinterpretations of Victorian popular art form, the magic lantern show
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.