Before You Visit

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
The Library is currently closed to researchers as we undergo renovations and systems upgrades. Please contact reference@rihs.org if you have a reference or research question, as we continue to provide reference services and may be able to assist you. We will reopen this fall. Please join us on Facebook for more updates.

Founded in 1822, the Rhode Island Historical Society is the fourth oldest state historical society in the United States. The Society has the largest and most important historical collections in existence relating to Rhode Island. The Library houses some 5,000 manuscripts, 100,000 books and printed items, 400,000 photographs and maps, 9 million feet of motion-picture film.  The Museum collection holds over 25,000 objects. Check out Introduction to Resources in the Library for more information. Search NETOP our online catalog.


Before you visit the Library you may want to view these pages about our policies and procedures:
Hours and Paging Schedule
Library Policies
Photocopy Policy, Using Microfilm and Public Computers
Rights & Reproductions
Dining, Lodging and Transportation


The library is located at 121 Hope Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02906. Exact driving directions from your location can be obtained at Mapquest.com or Google Maps.