Embrace Your Inner Bookworm at the Nantucket Atheneum

Are ready to combine your love of reading with your love for our little Atlantic island? It’s time to visit the Nantucket Atheneum. What is an atheneum you ask? It’s a mecca for literature, science, and art housing books, periodicals, newspapers, and more all on display for the public. In short, it’s like a library, but bigger. Discover Nantucket through the rich written word found only in the island’s treasured atheneum during your next visit.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Nantucket Atheneum

Venture to one of the island’s featured landmarks at Nantucket Atheneum. Our island is brimming with historic stories—hear them today from this piece of history. 

  • Library

The Nantucket Atheneum is a unique library open year-round and attracts all ages and backgrounds. The library is home to over 1.6 million books, digital reads, DVDs, and a plethora of information on Nantucket and its rich history.

The library was founded in 1827 when the island’s two old libraries were combined to create one massive study. It was originally a private membership library until it was reconstructed after The Great Fire of 1846. The library is primarily funded by gracious donors and foundations. 

    • Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Saturday and Sunday: Closed 

    • Address:

1 India Street

P.O. Box 808

Nantucket, MA 02554

  • Programs and Events

The Atheneum hosts an array of events suited for all ages. There are over 1,300 informational and cultural events held each year enriching the lives of community members and visitors alike. 

Children’s programs occur weekly and feature everything from puppet shows to storytime to STEM activities. Events take place inside or outside, weather permitting, and the library’s expertly trained staff lead all topics. All programs are free and open to the public, but be sure to come early as they are first-come, first-serve. Review their calendar today and explore the Atheneum during your next island visit! 

Stroll Back to the Periwinkle Inn

Exterior of the Periwinkle Inn - FrontAfter a day of exploring the Nantucket Atheneum, take your book back to the stillness of the Periwinkle Inn. Book your stay in the Tashtego Room and enjoy a peaceful view of the distant harbor, a plush queen-size bed, Malin + Goetz bath products, beach bags, and a complimentary continental breakfast each morning of your stay. 

Explore all of our favorite things to do in Nantucket. Whether you’re biking around downtown or picnicking at Brant Point Lighthouse, there is something uniquely special about the shores of Nantucket. Let our friendly hotel staff help make your vacation the best one yet. We can’t wait to welcome you to Nantucket!