About Us

Since 1992, Books on the Square is the independent bookstore in the heart of historic Wayland Square. We take pride in being Providence's convenient, independent bookseller with an eclectic collection of quality fiction and nonfiction, the area's most extensive children's selection and story times, numerous author events, book clubs, and more.

30th Anniversary Group Picture

Here we are celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2022!

Thank you for your continued support!


LOCATION

471 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906

HOURS

Monday to Thursday: 10 AM to 7 PM
Friday to Saturday: 10 AM to 8 PM
Sunday: 10 AM to 6 PM 

We are closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

PHONE

401-331-9097
1-888-669-9660 (toll-free)


Please use the directory below to contact the appropriate person and/or department. Thank you! 

 

GENERAL INQUIRIES
booksonthesquareorders@gmail.com
 or 401-331-9097

STORE MANAGER & ADULT BUYER
Jennifer Kandarian
jennifer.booksq@gmail.com

CHILDREN'S BOOK BUYER
Cristina Iannarino
cristina.booksq@gmail.com

CONSIGNMENT COORDINATOR
Andrew Devrell
andrew.booksq@gmail.com

Please Note: We do not accept consignments from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day.

EVENT BOOKINGS
We host many events throughout the year, ranging from author talks and book clubs to game nights and children's parties. Contact our events team to see how we can help your gathering succeed.
booksq.events@gmail.com

USED BOOKS
In addition to our modest yet robust collection of used books for sale, you may also sell your gently used books back to us

CLASSROOM & LIBRARY ORDERS
We have been serving the Rhode Island community with classroom and library orders since 1992.
Ordering books for your classroom or school library is quick and easy with our competitive discounts and comprehensive services. You may contact Cristina (cristina.booksq@gmail.com) or Jennifer (jennifer.booksq@gmail.com). 

GROUP ORDERS
Forward-thinking businesses invest their dollars back into the Rhode Island economy by ordering with us instead of out-of-state online outlets. If you would like to order books for your organization, contact us by phone or email to get started.

OWNERS
Merc and Rod Clifton
rmclifton@booksq.com



GOOGLE MAP

DIRECTIONS
From 95 South
Take the exit for 195 E and follow to the Gano Street exit. Take the Gano Street exit and turn left at the end of the off-ramp. At the next stop sign, turn right onto Gano St. Go through 3 lights and turn right onto Medway Street just beyond the third light. Our back entrance is halfway down the block on the left-hand side. You may travel around the block and find additional on-street parking in the front.

From 195 West
Take the Gano Street Exit (Exit 3) in Providence, at the bottom of the ramp, turn right onto Gano Street. Continue up the hill to the light at Waterman Street and Turn Right. Drive one block and Turn Left onto Wayland Avenue. Drive 2 blocks and Turn Left onto Angell Street. Books on the Square is located on the left, in the first block, across from Starbucks.

SNOW/SEVERE WEATHER CLOSINGS
For the safety of our customers and staff, we will be closed whenever the city of Providence implements a parking ban, or when common sense says that the weather is too dangerous to travel in.  Book clubs and author events will be canceled and rescheduled to a later date whenever possible. If the weather is questionable, please call us to make sure we will be open when you arrive.