Books on the Square is a fine place to find a gift for your favorite reader (and that might be you, yourself). Located on the east side of Providence, RI, (steps from three different cafes, and the Paper Nautilus Bookshop), this commodious and welcoming shop is also extremely well-organized: the internal signage will quickly orient visitors to their favorite sections. Also, the shelves are festooned with helpful descriptive labels about the volumes on offer, with plot synopses, book critic’s opinions, and book awards noted. This is extremely helpful if you are buying a book in a topic area you are unfamiliar with, or just appreciate friendly suggestions about books you might enjoy.
We applaud the prominent location of poetry near the front of the store, the “welcome dogs” sign and water bowl, wide aisles and comfortable seats. Other features include a Judaica section, and a better-than-average youth and child section.
For those whose book budget doesn’t do justice to their ambitions, there is a good selection of used books (including recent best-sellers in hardcover), as well as the famous low-cost, classic Dover Books for both adults and children. Small gifts, toys and stationery round out the selection, and, according to their website, they offer free gift wrapping. For local residents, they offer a wide range of readings, book clubs, and other events: just what an independent, community bookstore should do.
471 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906
Monday – Saturday 9 am – 9 pm
Sunday 10 am – 6 pm