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Library & Collections

Our world is yours to explore. See our vast collections and resources below.

Preserving old documents and collecting new ones is a way to preserve history and provide access to the knowledge.  Whether it’s rare items or everyday books, keeping them accessible means everyone can learn and explore, helping us all grow and understand more about the world.

Library
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Using the Library

At our core the Athenaeum is a library. Our members come from all walks of life; they are united in their curiosity about literature, culture, art, ideas, and the world. Learn More

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Children’s Library

We are delighted to welcome our youngest knowledge seekers and their families with our engaging collections and programs. Learn More

Online & Digital Resources
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Ebooks & Audiobooks

Members can listen to a large selection of fiction and nonfiction audiobooks via smartphone, tablet, or computer using cloudLibrary, and there’s rarely a waiting list. Learn More

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Electronic Resources

Databases including reference works, newspapers, journals, books, and more that may or may not be among the our print holdings. Learn More

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Paintings & Sculpture Online

Many of our paintings and sculptures can be viewed in this online database. Learn More

title page of Common Sense by Thomas Paine.

Digital Collections

More than 13,000 digitized items from our collections including rare books, prints, photographs, maps, and archives. New materials are added often. Learn More

Special Collections
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Rare Books, Maps, and Manuscripts

We have surprising examples of early works and researchers can expect to find depth in certain specific subject areas. Learn More

Paul Revere's engraving of the Boston Massacre

Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

The Athenaeum houses a nationally recognized collection of prints, photographs, and drawings dating from the eighteenth century to the present. Learn More

At a Glance
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500,000
circulating books
Decorative book binding
100,000
rare books, maps, and manuscripts
100,000
works of art