Announcement | LED Light Bulbs

Energy efficient LED light bulbs are being installed in all light fixtures throughout Library buildings.

This effort to increase our energy efficiency is in direct alignment with Brown’s mission to cut campus greenhouse gas emissions by 75% by 2025 and to achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2040.

The work will begin at the Rockefeller Library on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Thank you for your patience while this work is being done.

Announcement | Library Closing at Noon on August 14

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The Brown University Library will close at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 for the annual staff summer picnic.

The following locations will close:

  • Rockefeller Library
  • John Hay Library
  • Orwig Music Library
  • Annmary Brown Memorial
  • Library Annex

The Sciences Library will remain open, but there will be no library services available in the Friedman Center.

Thank you for your understanding.

Announcement | Library Early Closure on Thursday, January 11

The following Brown University Libraries will close at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018 to allow Library staff to attend the annual winter celebration:

  • John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
  • John Hay Library
  • Sciences Library (Friedman Study Center will remain open)
  • Library Collections Annex

Normal hours will resume on Friday.

Click here to view all Library hours.

Thank you for your understanding. Happy New Year!

Announcement | Winter Break Library Hours

All campus libraries will close at  5 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Rockefeller Library will be open as a study space 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26th through Friday, December 29th. The Rock will be open and accessible via card-swipe by Brown ID holders only. 

All other Brown libraries will remain closed during the holiday break and will reopen Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

View all library hours here.

Extended hours at the Rock

Student Studying in the Rock
Beginning this week, the Rockefeller Library will extend its hours. It will be open 24/5 for the rest of the semester and then 24/7 during reading/exam period.

The Rock will open at 8:30am on Wednesday, April 8 and remain open until 10pm on Friday, April 10. Hours on Saturday, April 11 will be normal hours (10am to 10pm). The Rock will open on Sunday, April 12 at 10am and remain open until 10pm on Friday, April 17.

The extended hours are in response to student requests to make available additional and alternative 24-hour study spaces.

Hours will be further extended to 24/7 for reading/exam period. Thus, the Rock will open at 10am on Sunday, April 19 at 10am and remain open 24 hours per day thru Friday, May 15 at 5pm.

The updated Library hours are available on the website.

Library Closings and Handicap Access

Library Closings: All Libraries will be closed from Thursday, December 22 at 5pm until Monday, January 2 at 8:30am, except the Friedman Study Center which will be open Tuesday, December 27 through Thursday, December 29 from 10am to 5pm.

Handicap Access: From December 23rd through January 7, the handicap access ramp in front of the Rockefeller Library will be closed for repair. From January 2-7, patrons who require the handicap ramp will be referred to the Sciences Library for services since physical access to the Rock via the handicap ramp will not be possible. Patrons with questions about access should contact the Library by calling 863-2165.