This page provides a short overview of some of the ways the library can help you during your time at Brown.
Adapted from the University of Chicago Library
When someone says “the library” at Brown, they might be referring to a few different places (and virtual spaces) to know about.
Rockefeller Library (The Rock)
Science Library (SciLi) pronounced: sigh-lie
John Hay Library (The Hay)
Orwig Music Library (Orwig)
The Library Annex (The Annex)
Each of these buildings serves a unique subset of the Brown University community. For more information about what is available in each location head over to the library website: Library Locations
At the most basic level a library provides information resources for a given community. Traditionally, resources looked like books, magazines, journals, musical and sound recordings, maps, and computer files - today we still collect and make all of these types of information available in addition to other emerging information sources like software, data, digital imaging and other special collections.
The libraries at Brown are academic research libraries - our collections and services support the mission of the University-College.
You can borrow books and other resources for free.
You can access textbooks and course readings for free.
You can book an appointment with a research specialist for free.
You can meet in study spaces for free.
You can use physical computing resources and software for free.
You can record your podcast for free.
You can digitize images for free.
The library is also an access point for printing on campus. See the CIS Knowledge Base for more info on printing.
Most of Brown's electronic resources are accessible from off campus. More information is available on our main website.
To access most resources from off-campus: start at the library website then navigate to the resource you need. You'll be presented with the Brown University login that will allow you access. If you do not have access, try downloading and using the VPN. Please note that you may need to clear your cache after downloading the VPN to have it work.
The Library can help you find materials from our own Library and from other libraries.
Chat - Text - Phone for quick answers to small questions.
For specific research questions