Why You Need to Visit the Provincetown Library

A view of the Provincetown Library from the front lawnIt’s not often that exploring a new city includes a stop at the local library, but the Provincetown Public Library is a worthy exception. With a building as impressive as it is historic, free programs for locals and visitors alike, and arguably the best view in town, you need to visit the Provincetown Library on your next trip. Here’s why:

The Building Dominates the Skyline

If your view is from the water, it is hard to miss the old Provincetown Library. A tall, bright-white structure that interrupts the otherwise low-profile coastline, the Provincetown Library is an impressive example of mid-19th-century architecture, and it is one of few buildings in the area that has stood the test of time. Built in 1860 as the Center Methodist Episcopal Church, the structure has since been reimagined and repurposed extensively. Now, it is a library worth visiting to learn more about its architecture and history.

A Schooner Commands the Second-Floor

At the height of 19th-century commercial fishing, the Provincetown port boasted a fishing industry that brought in three times the catch of any other fishing port in New England. At that time, the harbor was filled with hundreds of vessels, many of which were 90-ton schooners. A replica of the Rose Dorothea Schooner is on display in the library. The Provincetown Library schooner is an impressive 66 feet in length and dominates much of the library’s second story. A visit to the Provincetown Library will afford you the chance to see a replica of one of Provincetown’s most famous schooners and learn more about its history.

Fun, Free Programs for Locals and Visitors Alike are Offered Each Week

Visitors of all ages are invited to coffee and bagel hour on Friday mornings and Wednesday nights, free movies begin at 6 p.m. In the summer, kids can eat lunch for free through Food for Kids, and put their creativity to task with Art on the Lawn. Spending an afternoon at the Provincetown Library is easy, especially for visitors who take advantage of all the programs the library has to offer.  

You Can See the Best View in Town

If free programs, a rich history, and a huge schooner aren’t enough to bring you to the Provincetown Library, the view will. Many argue that the views of the Cape Cod Bay from the upper-levels of the library can’t be beat. Swing by and pause at the windows in the mezzanine for one of Provincetown’s best waterfront views.

Getting to the Provincetown Library is Easy

In the heart of town and just a three minute’s walk from Admiral’s Landing, stopping by the library is as easy as visiting the Pilgrim Monument or Provincetown Town Hall. Open daily, the Provincetown Public Library hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Monday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

It is a Resource for Other Cape Cod Attractions

While visiting the library, ask about museum passes that the library provides for other top attractions nearby. Sponsored by The Friends and Supporters of the Provincetown Library, these passes allow for free or reduced-price admission to places of interest like the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts State Parks, Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum, Provincetown and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum Provincetown.

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