Few People Know The Oldest Library In America Is Here in Rhode Island

New England is full of historic libraries. Between the Ivy League schools and all of the colonial settlements, you might not guess that Newport holds a unique claim for bibliophiles. As it happens, though, the town’s Redwood Library and Athenaeum is actually the oldest community library in America still operating in its original building.

You can visit the Redwood Library and Athenaeum at 50 Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI 02840. Admission is free if you have a Rhode Island library card, or $10 otherwise. For details and hours, visit the library’s website.

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