Redwood Library & Athenaeum

  • RI


50 Bellevue Avenue
United States

About Us

The Redwood Library & Athenæum is one of the oldest lending libraries in America, and the oldest library building in continuous use in the country. Founded in 1747 by forty-six proprietors upon the principle of "having nothing in view but the good of mankind," its mission continues over 250 years later.

The Redwood remains a "membership library" (open to the public) supported by shareholders and subscribing members. The Original Collection of 751 titles has grown to a collection numbering more than 160,000 volumes. Today the Library is open without charge to researchers and visitors. Lectures, exhibitions, fine arts displays, and other educational activities are part of Redwood Library & Athenaeum's continuous offerings to the community.