Providence County Library

Find Providence County Rhode Island libraries, such as state, town, city, public, private, college and university library branches. Libraries provide information on applications, borrowing books, ebooks, library programs, online databases and research.


Cranston Public Library: Central Library 140 Sockanosset Cross Road Cranston RI 02920 401-943-9080


Cumberland Public Library 1464 Diamond Hill Road Cumberland Hill RI 02864 401-333-2552

Fox Point Library 90 Ives Street Providence RI 02906 401-331-0390

Hope Library 374 North Road Scituate RI 02831 401-821-7910

Knight Memorial Library 275 Elmwood Avenue Providence RI 02907 401-467-2625

Rhode Island Historical Society 52 Power Street Providence RI 02906 401-331-6630

Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council 86 Weybosset Street Providence RI 02903 401-521-6320

Rochambeau Library 708 Hope Street Providence RI 02906 401-272-3780

About Libraries

How are Public Libraries funded?

The vast majority of funding that supports the operation of Public Libraries comes from county and local governments. At times, grant funding may be available for specific programs, projects, or capital improvements. Fees for special programs and services account for a relatively small percentage of revenue for Public Libraries.

What are the Friends of the Library?

Friends of the Library are organizations formed to support their local Public Libraries. They typically establish themselves as independent, non-profit organizations that conduct fundraising to supplement Library resources and organize Library related events.

What is the Dewey Decimal system?

The Dewey Decimal system is a classification system used in many libraries to organize their books. The classification number allows for books to easily be located or returned to their assigned place in the library. The system is constantly revised to keep up with changes in the libraries.