Photo of a shelf filled with books about women change-makers
A small portion of Gather RI’s 2,000+ volume collection

No matter what your dreams and ambitions are for your life in the civic and professional realms, you are not alone. Many women and gender expansive people have walked the path before you, although you may not know they existed due to systemic erasure known as The Matilda Effect. Now you can meet them in Gather RI’s biographical library!

From activists to zoologists, the Library is collecting more than 2,000 lives from around the world to share with you and to keep as a historic record.

Our Reading Room will be open to the public when our new brick and mortar building opens in 2025. In the meantime, you can review our catalog or suggest new purchases.