The Brown University Library buildings are closed with virtual services available at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and library.brown.edu.
Read the latest on Brown’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Requests for Library Material – UPDATE ON SCANNING
During the critical period of transition from site-based to virtual instruction, the Library was rotating a small number of staff onsite to scan physical material. However, now that we have made the transition, and in response to Governor Raimondo’s March 29th executive order, scanning of physical items will not be possible after Friday, April 3. This includes scanning requests for Online Course Reserves Access (OCRA).
Any student and faculty member who needs a scan of physical material from the Rockefeller, Sciences, and Orwig Libraries, the John Hay Library, and the Library Annex should submit the request at firstname.lastname@example.org (general), email@example.com (Special Collections), or through the link in the item record in Josiah, the online catalog, no later than noon on Friday, April 3. We will be unable to fulfill scan requests after that time. We can also help you locate digital material that is comparable to physical items.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests for resources available electronically will continue to be fulfilled.
Requests for Library Support
To request research support and inquire about Library services, email the following:
- For Special Collections and the John Hay Library: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For all other library-related inquiries: email@example.com.
Faculty and Research Support
We are providing virtual services, including research consultations and instruction. Subject librarians can be reached by email and on chat, which will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Teaching Support guide for instructors
- Teaching with Primary Sources guide
- Research Support guide for students
- Provide Library content directly in Canvas using the LibApps External Tool
Checking Out Library Materials
Checking-out of physical materials from Brown University Library, interlibrary loan (ILL), and BorrowDirect have been suspended until further notice. We will reassess all Library services on an ongoing basis and will post frequent updates here. In the meantime, patrons are asked to keep any items now in their possession–including those obtained through Borrow Direct, easyBorrow, and ILLiad– until the libraries reopen. All fines and late fees will be waived.
Borrow Direct, easyborrow, and ILLiad
We are not able to fulfill BorrowDirect, easyBorrow or ILLiad requests at this time. While you may submit requests, they will be held for future processing. We will be reviewing this protocol in the coming weeks.
Online Course Reserves Access (OCRA)
Any new requests through OCRA must be made by noon on April 3. No scanning of physical material will be available after April 3. All digital material scanned or uploaded prior to April 3 will remain available. Students can continue to access course reserves through Canvas.
Expanded Access to Digital Content
As a response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, many of the Library’s content providers have expanded Brown’s access to digital content in order to support remote research, learning, and teaching. In addition to the 2 million+ digital books and journals available through the Library’s subscriptions, we are excited to share many addition additional resources from our partners.
Please check the University’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus Updates web page frequently for timely information.
Take good care and be well.