Your Providence Library really has a lot going for it. Discounted and free passes for some of New England’s top attractions? You bet! An incredible makerspace capable of building things only you can dream up? Yes! Kindles and audio equipment available on loan? Totally! This library has it all. To see everything on offer from the Providence Library, read on below.
Get amazing discounts and free passes to zoos, museums, and local attractions with your Providence Library card!
The Providence Library has worked out favorable deals with some amazing museums and attractions. It’s important to review the library museum pass page as certain passes are only available at certain library branches. Unless otherwise noted, passes are available at the Rochambeau branch.
To be eligible for a museum pass, you must have less than $5 in fines. You must have your library card present when you pick up your library pass, and passes may be picked up the day before the date of intended use. You must return the passes the day after you use them. The overdue fine is $5 for every day a pass is late.
The Boston Children’s Museum is a delightful place for young children to explore. The museum offers exhibits including an art studio, a construction zone, and bubble blowing space. With your library card, you can get 50% off admission for up to four people.
The Ecotarium was previously known as the New England Science Center. This museum features permanent scientific exhibits, a planetarium, and a scale model 1860’s steam engine. You can get 50% off admission for two adults and two children with your Providence Library card. Children under the age of two enter for free.
The Museum of Fine Arts – Boston is one of the five largest art museums in the United States. The museum offers over 450,000 individual pieces of art to the public. With your Providence Library card, you can up to two $10 tickets.
The Museum of Science – Boston is one of New England’s top scientific exhibits. The museum hosts an IMAX theatre as well as an indoor zoo. With your library card, you can get up to four $10 tickets.
The Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut offers some visitors the chance to check out exotic sea life that isn’t available elsewhere in New England. The aquarium is probably best known for having the largest outdoor beluga whale exhibit in the United States. You can get $5 off admission for up to four people with your library card. Passes for the Mystic Aquarium are available from Knight Memorial, Mt Pleasant, Rochambeau, Smith Hill, as well as Wanskuck branches.
The New England Aquarium has plenty of rare animals to check out. From striped pyjama sharks to little blue penguins, the New England Aquarium has it all. With your library card, you can get $10 admission for up to four people. But please note passes are not available in July as well as August.
The Providence Children’s Museum is certainly the most popular children’s attraction in Rhode Island. The museum has lots of hands-on exhibits as well as a series of challenging mazes. But with your library card, you can get 50% admission for up to four people.
The Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum is located on the RISD campus. The museum has an enormous collection, making it one of the 20 largest art museums in the United States. With your library card, you can free admission for up to two adults. Additionally, children under 18 enter free.
The Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the Rhode Island’s favorite attractions. The zoo offers exotic animals as well as large green spaces all can enjoy. With your library card, you can get $3 off up to four tickets. Passes are available at Mt. Pleasant as well as Rochambeau branches.
The South County Museum is a living history museum located on seven acres near Narragansett, Rhode Island. The museum offers skilled artisans including carpenters as well as a blacksmith. You can get free admission for individuals or families with your library card. Please note this pass can’t be checked out online.
Read on the go by borrowing an eReader from the Providence Library!
Want to borrow an eReader and enjoy the convenience of reading on the go but without lugging books around? The Providence Library has you covered. If you are at least 18 years old and in good standing with the library, you can borrow a Kindle eReader for up to three weeks. To borrow a Kindle, you must sign a user agreement. The replacement cost of a Kindle is $340 but the late fee is $5 per day. The eReaders come loaded with dozens of popular titles as well as literary classics. What’s more, you can check the availability of Kindles online here.
Make your own recordings with the library audio kit!
The Providence Library offers an audio recording kit to allow library members to express themselves. The kit contains a recording device, microphones, headphones, and a camera. Keep in mind to borrow the audio equipment you must pay the library a $500 deposit that will be returned once the equipment is returned to the library. The kit can be checked out for a month. After that, the library charges $25 per day as a late fee. The library also asks that first-time users go through a short training course to use the equipment. The library asks for a donation of $120 to participate in the training.
Enjoy FREE events and activities for the whole family!
The Providence Library has events across all six branches nearly every day of the week. Each branch hosts their own event schedule, but thankfully the library offers an event calendar that includes events from every branch. You can keep up with everything happening at all six branches here.