The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) has launched an Event Lending Library to provide tourism-related businesses, neighborhood associations, and other non-profits in the Providence/Warwick area with access to equipment for outdoor events. The library is funded through a grant from the Take It Outside initiative.

“We saw this as an opportunity to support our partners and community organizations as they plan for unique ways of attracting business through the winter months and beyond,” said Kristen Adamo, president and CEO of the PWCVB. “The pandemic has forced everyone to look at outdoor spaces creatively but the costs of properly producing outdoor events can be prohibitive. Our aim is to ease that financial burden for as many businesses as we can by lending them the equipment they need.”

With more than 600 pieces of equipment available, the lending library contains a lot of those necessary yet hard-to-find or hard-to-store items to host an outdoor event during a New England winter. Community partners can complete an online application at to request items such as tables, chairs, tents, heat lamps, sanitization equipment, and more. Items can be checked out for one to two weeks at a time at no cost.