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Providence Public Library
150 Empire St
As listed on the organization’s website: “Providence Public Library differs from public libraries in most American cities in that it is privately governed and supported, but it serves the people in the best “public” sense of the word. It is owned and governed by a Board of Trustees whose members are elected for four-year terms by the Corporation.
The origins of the Providence Public Library date to June 1871 when representatives from The Franklin Society, the Rhode Island Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry, The Franklin Lyceum, and the Association of Mechanics and Manufacturers first met to form a Free Public Library, Art Gallery, and a Museum of Natural History. The group planned that the libraries of each society would be merged for the free use of the members and for general reference by the public.”
BUTLER EXCHANGE -PPL's 1st quarters-opened to public on 2-5-1878-photo taken 1925.
Image Source: Providence Public LibraryPhotograph
Image Source (Top): - Providence Public Library - 1925