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Nantucket Atheneum

1 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3519
+1 508-228-1110
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Beautiful, Historic Library

They were very friendly and hospitable when I stopped in to look at the beautiful architecture and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rolf L
New York City, New York
Historic Library - Worth a Stop

Free - beautiful library with oriental rugs and antique chairs and tables. Worth a peek inside even... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2017
Atlanta, Georgia
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The Nantucket Atheneum is the public library for Nantucket, Massachusetts. The institution was formed in 1834 as a private, membership organization and became a public library in 1900. The Nantucket Atheneum offers free access to millions of books, films and music as well as over 1,000 programs for all ages year round. Our iconic building, built in 1846, is located in the heart of downtown and features art and artifacts important to the island's maritime history as the center of whaling. The library also provides a free wifi signal, computer access on the second floor and a beautiful, inviting garden.
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1 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3519
+1 508-228-1110
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Reviewed 1 week ago

They were very friendly and hospitable when I stopped in to look at the beautiful architecture and art. It's a beautiful, old New England library and very historically significant in Nantucket. Right near the Whaling Museum. It's free so stop in.

Thank Rolf L
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Free - beautiful library with oriental rugs and antique chairs and tables. Worth a peek inside even if you don't have a library card.Historic -- Frederic Douglas gave his first speech here...

Thank NWS2012
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Nantucket is a tourist beehive of activity and if you want R/R there are many comfortable chairs to sit and read. Upstairs are the archives but the day I visited that floor was getting ready for an evening program. I was a day tripper so...More

Thank pollytalknyc
Reviewed 26 July 2017

We visited the Atheneum as part of the Whaling Museum's Walking Tour. It was inspiring to hear a bit more about the history of Nantucket's culture through Atheneum's use and purpose. The tour explained how the American spirit endured and shaped life on the island,...More

Thank bodenmillermichelle
Reviewed 22 July 2017

The building is beautiful, wifi is fast and good, and the resources are great. They have a good collection of books as well as an amazing online collection- you can get audiobooks and ebooks on your computer or phone! Helpful staff and plenty of places...More

Thank emcleanxc
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

This is one of the many historic buildings in town, and it is now a beautiful and unique library. They also have speakers and presentations here, too.

Thank QuickWhitTravel
Reviewed 4 July 2017

The Nantucket Athenaeum is a hub of local history and sponsors concerts, lectures, symposiums, classes and children's programming. And most of these are free or reasonably priced. They also team up with the Unitarian Church for events. The building itself is a landmark and you...More

1  Thank Cezannepainter
Reviewed 18 May 2017

This was a great stop...I love visiting local historic libraries and this one was special, especially the children's room. Very nicely done!

Thank RoseDhu
Reviewed 13 April 2017

One of my favorite library's. They have a huge selection, and if you get a card, you get access to tons of digital media and ebooks online. Very nice!

Thank Alexandra J L
Reviewed 16 November 2016

If you're looking for any book, DVD, magazine or Nantucket history they will have it. They have a fantastic children's section, computers on the second level and often quest speakers frequently.

Thank 145Esprit
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