Providence Community Library provides library services to Providence residents throughout the city through the operation and support of all nine neighborhood libraries. PCL manages Providence's community library system for the benefit of the entire community.
Providence Community Library is composed of nine neighborhood libraries. Three of these are larger libraries serving an entire region of the city; these are Rochambeau Library on the East Side, Mt. Pleasant Library on the West Side, and Knight Memorial Library on the South Side. The six additional libraries serve their immediate neighborhoods; these are the libraries in Fox Point, Smith Hill, Washington Park, South Providence, Olneyville and Wanskuck. The individual libraries are linked into a comprehensive library system which is also a member of Ocean State Libraries network.
Providence Community Library will be governed by a board of up to 25-members. In order to ensure broad-based representation and accountability to both patrons and taxpayers some board members are elected by each library’s Friends groups, some will be appointed by the Mayor, the City Council, and the Governor, and some will be elected by the Board itself.