337 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 222-2353
Fax: (401) 222-3199
Open to the public
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The State Library was created and put under the direction of the secretary of state by a General Assembly resolution in 1852. Its mission is “to assist members of the General Assembly with research on the preparation of proposed legislation” (http://www.sec.state.ri.us/library). The State Library currently contains more than 150,000 volumes and is located in the State House.
1852: State Library established under the office of the secretary of state
-Resolutions in relation to State Library
“Resolved, That the Secretary of State under the advice and direction of the Governor be authorized and directed to procure a room adjoining the office of the secretary of state on the East, in the State House in Providence, to be suitably fitted up for a State Library room.
Resolved, That the Secretary of State be authorized and directed to procure to be bound such unbound books belonging to the state as are in his office . . .
Resolved, That the sum of two hundred dollars be appropriated for the current year and annually hereafter, to be expended under the direction of the Governor and Secretary of State in the purchase of books for a State Library.”