Providence Public Library Digital Collections

Providence Public Library Photograph Collection

Collection Information

Description

Chartered by the General Assembly of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1875, the Providence Public Library (PPL) is a privately governed and supported library with a public library mission. PPL opened in 1878 on the second floor of the Butler Exchange building in Exchange Place. In 1880, it moved to a larger, street-level location on Snow Street below the Mowry and Goff School. The Library quickly required more space and in 1896 ground was broken for the Renaissance building at 225 Washington Street. The building was made possible by a large gift from John Nicholas Brown.

The collection contains photographs of Providence Public Library and includes images of the buildings, staff, and programs. The bulk of the collection includes images of the building and staff of the Washington Street / Empire Street library (formerly knows as the Central Branch).

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Providence Public Library, future site
Image shows the Utley House, Castwell House, and Calder House on Washington…

Providence Public Library, Butler Exchange Building
Image shows a view of buildings along Kennedy Plaza including the Butler…

Providence Public Library, Butler Exchange Building
Image shows the Butler Exchange Building facing Fulton Street. Cars are parked…

Providence Public Library, Butler Exchange Building
Image shows the Butler Exchange Building facing Fulton Street. Cars are parked…

Providence Public Library, Snow Street location
Image shows Billings Toys and Music on 46 Snow Street in Providence, RI. Sheet…

Providence Public Library, Snow Street location
Image shows a former location of the Providence Public Library on Snow Street in…

Providence Public Library, Washington Street
Image shows the Washington Street entrance of the Providence Public Library

Providence Public Library, Washington Street
Image shows the steps of the Washington Street entrance of the Providence Public…

Providence Public Library, Washington Street
Image shows the Providence Public Library on Washington Street in Providence,…

Providence Public Library, Washington Street
Image shows the steps of the Washington Street entrance of the Providence Public…

Providence Public Library, Washington Street
Image shows construction of the Providence Public Library on Washington Street.…

Providence Public Library, Washington Street
Image shows the west side of the Providence Public Library at the corner of…