A Grand Setting in the Heart of the City
Step into a world of elegance and charm as you explore the possibilities at the Providence Public Library. This historic venue offers an array of captivating spaces for your celebration. Our rental includes use of the Grand Hall, Indoor Garden Courtyard, and Ship Room. For a rehearsal dinner venue or additional dining space, the Rhode Island Room awaits, which boasts eight original wooden library tables adorned with table lamps. Whatever the size and style of your event, the Library will set the stage for a unique and unforgettable experience.
- 250 for a cocktail reception
- 160 for a seated dinner with or without dancing
- 160+ can be accommodated with split dining
225 Washington Street, Providence, Rhode Island
- Most Popular Months: September - January
- Peak Days: Saturdays in September - October
- Stunning arched windows & skylights
- Marble mosaic tile flooring
- Ornate detailing
- Turn-of-the-century American architecture
- Hotel accommodations downtown
Best Suited For
Grand Hall A dramatic and stately room
The stately Grand Hall overlooking the indoor Garden Courtyard makes for a breathtaking entrance to your event. The hall’s original arched clerestory windows and skylights create a dramatic light-filled space. Classical detailing and artistry abound, from intricately hand-carved floret adornments to rich-toned, marble-paved flooring. The Grand Hall is most commonly used for wedding ceremonies and cocktail hour.
Garden Courtyard Experience our city garden
The indoor Garden Courtyard provides guests with a breathtaking setting in the heart of the city, reminiscent of 19th century classical European estate gardens. This sunken courtyard provides a unique multi-level mingling experience for cocktail hour and dancing.
Ship Room All Aboard!
Richly appointed and nautically-themed in a nod to our Ocean State, the Ship Room affords celebrants a showcase of the Library’s Brownell Collection of Atlantic Coast Ship Models and other rarities from the PPL Special Collections. This space is most commonly used for dining.
Rhode Island Room A Perfectly Elegant Space
A traditional library reference and research room, the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room houses and displays the Library’s unique Rhode Island Collection and offers a formal space for an elegant rehearsal dinner or as an add-on dining space for larger guest counts.