Magnificent Event Space In The Heart of Downtown Providence.

Turn-of-the-century American architecture ready for modern day meetings, events, galas and weddings.

Inquiries & Booking Phone: {401} 455-8072

Our Grounds & Spaces

Grand Hall

A Dramatic and Stately Room for any occasion.

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.

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Ship Room

All Aboard!

Richly appointed and nautically-themed in a nod to our Ocean State, our 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.

Garden Courtyard


The indoor Garden Courtyard provides guests with a breathtaking setting in the heart of the City, reminiscent of 19thcentury classical European estate gardens. A great location for a cocktail reception, rehearsal dinner or meeting, the Garden Courtyard is also our most popular dance floor location.

Rhode Island Room


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 dinner or luncheon.

Trustees Room

Luxurious and Functional

The beautifully appointed Trustees Room is available as a bridal suite or for smaller meetings.

Guidelines & Catering

Russell Morin Catering & Events at the Providence Public Library

Providence Public Library underwent renovations in 2012, transforming into a magnificent event space. Built in 1900, the Library is a prime example of turn-of-the-century American architecture. It traces its architectural pedigree to the Sansovino’s Library in Venice and the Libraire de Ste. Genevieve in Paris, and still further back, the Italian palaces of the Renaissance period.

For a wedding, your rental will include the Grand Hall, indoor Garden Courtyard, Ship Room and Bridal Suite. For larger guest counts, we also offer the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room as an additional rental space. These spaces are truly unique, and we invite you to customize the use of each of them to create your-one-of-a-kind wedding day! Since no two weddings will be alike at the Library, we assure a truly unique experience for you and your guests. Not only will you choose how to use each of the spaces, but you can select any style of tables and chairs to enhance your vision.

We also welcome corporate groups for day meetings or evening receptions. We can meet most needs with additional options like our Barnard Room, Trustees Room and Auditorium.


Wedding rentals are any five hours for reception or any six hours for ceremony and reception with an end time no later than midnight. The bride and vendors are allowed access to the facility three hours prior to the start of the event.

The space can be rented for smaller increments of time for day time meetings or corporate occasions.

For additional information and rental rates, please contact our Library Event Specialists at or 401-455-8072 .


Providence Public Library has an exclusive relationship with United Parking LLC. Please inquire with our Sales & Event Manager if you are interested in Valet Parking at your event.

Fees & Overtime

To secure the date the lessee will pay an initial deposit to both the Providence Public Library and Russell Morin Catering and Events. The lessee will also pay a $750 security deposit 1 week prior to the event. The security deposit will be refunded to the lessee 30 days after the function, provided the property is left intact.

Rental rates range from $2,500 -$6,000 based on the day and month and include three rooms. Meeting and Nonprofit event rentals range from $250 - $3,500.

Additional fees apply for an onsite ceremony or time; please inquire.

Furniture Rental

The Library owns an inventory of furniture, including walnut chiavari chairs, high and low cocktail tables and your basic banquet tables. These are offered at a discounted rate. Rentals not available thru the Library can be rented from an approved vendor.

Ormonde Productions is our exclusive vendor for all specialty lighting.


All lodging is within minutes of the venue

Hotel Providence, 139 Mathewson St., Providence, RI 02903 401-861-8000

Omni Providence, One West Exchange St., Providence, RI 02903 888-990-7805

Providence Biltmore, 11 Dorrance St, Providence, RI 02903 (401) 421-0700


Providence Public Library
225 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903
 Location Phone {401} 455-8072
 Inquiries + Booking Phone: {401} 455-8072
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