Founded in 1875, the Providence Public Library (PPL) opened at its present Washington Street location in 1900, adding the Empire Street building in 1954. The first librarian, William Foster, stressed the library’s important role in community service. This tradition continues as PPL remains dedicated to making the library and its resources accessible to all. PPL’s services are still relevant today, from traditional lending, research and learning, to training programs in the latest technologies. PPL is focused on its role as a cultural and educational center, highlighting its unique and historical Rhode Island and Special Collections.