Spring 2022 Library Hours and Operations


Welcome back to your Brown University Library! 

Health and Safety

Operations are founded on the most up-to-date, reliable safety protocols to ensure a healthy environment for our patrons and staff. Please follow all Healthy Brown steps to keep yourself and our community well. If you aren’t feeling well, please make use of the Library’s robust slate of digital resources

When you come to the Library, please:

  • Wear a mask over your mouth and nose at all times
  • Maintain social distance

Help keep your fellow Library patrons and Library staff healthy: Wear a mask, regardless of your vaccination status. Learn more.

Who can access Library buildings?

Current Brown students, faculty, and staff and current Rhode Island School of Design students can access all Library locations. Reservations are required for the Special Collections Reading Room at the John Hay Library (email [email protected]).

Alumni and Other Visitors



Visitors who anticipate using the Rockefeller, Sciences, or Orwig Libraries on an ongoing basis must obtain a Brown University Library card. Cards will be issued upon receipt and approval of a completed Brown University Library Visitors request form. The Library must approve requests for all visitors except those with IDs sponsored by a department or program at Brown, or Brown alumni. More information.

Visitors must abide by the policies on the Healthy Brown website and should review the Visitor and Guest Vaccination Requirement.

Library Support


Patrons can schedule in-person and online consultation appointments with a Library expert by contacting the relevant subject specialist directly. Not sure who to contact? Email [email protected] for general inquiries and [email protected] for Special Collections inquiries.

The stacks at the Rock and SciLi are open, and circulation staff are on-site to check out materials. Thank you for wearing your mask, which helps the Library keep the stacks open!


Please continue to request materials online through BruKnow. Requested materials will be held at the service desks. Patrons will be notified when the item is available and where it should be picked up. The Library is providing document delivery through the ILLiad system.  

You can also ask questions via chat, book online consultations, and make use of the many resources available on our website.

Locations and Hours


During regular hours, current Brown and RISD ID holders can swipe through the inside gate. Extended building hours are available to current Brown ID holders only by swipe access at the front door.


January 4 – 25:

  • Monday – Thursday : 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 noon – 7 p.m.

January 26 – end of spring term:

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. 
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.


For current Brown ID holders only, from January 26 through end of spring term:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Sunday: 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.



January 4 – 25:

  • Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
  • Sunday: 12 noon – 7 p.m.

January 26 through end of spring term:

  • 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. every day


For current Brown ID holders only, from January 26 through end of spring term:

  • Sunday – Thursday: 10 p.m. – 8 a.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.



January 24 – 25:

Study in the Willis Reading Room (first floor):

Monday – Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Research in the Gildor Family Special Collections Reading Room (first floor):

Monday–Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

January 26 through end of spring term (weekend and evening hours are Brown community only):

Study in the Willis Reading Room (first floor): 
  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: 12 noon – 10 p.m.
Research in the Gildor Family Special Collections Reading Room (first floor): 
  • Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: closed

For research in the Special Collections Reading Room, please email [email protected] to request a seat reservation. We are currently limiting use of the Special Collections Reading Room to a maximum of nine (9) researchers at a time. You must also request materials through Aeon one week (5 full business days) in advance of your reservation. 



January 4 – 25:

  • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: closed

January 26 – end of spring term:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
  • Saturday: 12 noon – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 noon – 10 p.m.

Reserving Study Rooms

Current Brown students, staff, and faculty, and RISD students can reserve group study rooms at the Rock and SciLi through libcal.brown.edu

Graduate and Medical Student Carrels

Study carrels are available to graduate and medical students. Interested persons should inquire at the Rockefeller Library service desk.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Rooms

Graduate TAs may also access a limited number of small study/collaboration rooms to conduct online sections. Registration is required through 25Live

Library Tutorials

Guides and videos with information about how to use the Library, conduct various aspects of research, and more are always available online.


Your Brown University Library is committed to providing all patrons with the best possible academic library experience. Throughout your engagement with Library collections, physical spaces, patron services, instruction, and web-based tools and content, you should be welcomed, valued, and respected, and be provided with equal opportunities to pursue scholarship in a spirit of free and open inquiry.

We encourage your feedback about any aspect of Library services, resources, and facilities. Feedback can be made through this anonymous form, which has an option for inputting your contact information, or you can email [email protected]

This Is Your Library

You belong here.

Winter 2021-22 Library Hours


snow igloo with Brown pennant on Quiet Green with Hay in background

Winter Break Closure

All Brown University Library facilities and services will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22, 2021.

Rockefeller Open for Study 12/27 – 12/29

The Rockefeller Library building will be open to current Brown students, faculty, and staff via swipe card on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, December 27 – 29, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Rock will not be staffed during those three days, and patrons will not be able to check out materials.

Full Reopening on 1/4/22

Libraries will open with staff on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Hours for the new year will be posted on the Library Hours page.

Best wishes to everyone for health, peace, and joy during the break. We look forward to seeing you in 2022!

Your Brown University Library thanks you for all you have done during these past months to keep our staff and patrons safe while using the Library.

Brown Signs Read and Publish Agreement with Cambridge University Press

No Article Processing Charges for Brown authors who wish to publish articles via gold open access with Cambridge University Press

Many authors would like to publish their scholarly articles gold open access (OA) but are deterred by the article processing charge (APC) assessed by the publisher — sometimes as high as thousands of dollars. With Brown’s recent Read & Publish agreement with Cambridge University Press, corresponding authors at Brown who have manuscripts accepted for publication from the 1st of January 2022 and publish in Cambridge’s journals will no longer have to pay the APC for gold OA, augmenting OA publishing options at Brown, providing Brown community members with free access to Cambridge titles, and enhancing global access to scholarly work by Brown researchers.

With gold OA, the final published version of the article — the “Version of Record” — is permanently and freely available online for anyone, anywhere to read. 

Read more about the Read & Publish agreement here and the process here. This agreement strengthens Brown’s commitment to OA and facilitates compliance with the Brown University Open Access Policy, adopted by the faculty in 2021.

Questions about Brown’s Read & Publish agreement with Cambridge University Press? Visit [email protected] or contact [email protected]

Joseph Campbell Promoted to Senior Director of Library Facilities

BUL logo, JCB logo

The Brown University Library and the John Carter Brown Library are pleased to announce the promotion of Joseph Campbell, previously Director of Facilities for the University Library, to Senior Director of Library Facilities, effective November 1, 2021, overseeing the facilities operations for both the University Library and the John Carter Brown Library. Joe will continue to report to Joseph S. Meisel, Joukowsky Family University Librarian, as well as to Karin Wulf, the newly appointed Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian for the John Carter Brown Library.

Joe has been providing facilities oversight to the JCB on a temporary basis since January 2021 during its recent leadership transition.

As the Senior Director, Joe will assess needs and opportunities relating to facilities quality and building safety while coordinating with Facilities Management, Public Safety, Environmental Health and Safety, and the Office of Information Technology, in addition to other internal service providers and external facilities vendors.

Through over two decades of facilities work, including five years as the HVAC Controls Supervisor in Facilities Management at Brown, and two years of experience at the Library, Joe has developed a keen understanding of the special characteristics and requirements of collections study and research facilities. He has and will continue to ensure continuous improvement in the quality and functionality of the libraries’ physical plant for students, faculty, researchers, staff, and visitors, and to make the Library and JCB safe, inclusive, and welcoming spaces for academic pursuits.   

Joe’s portfolio entails managing multiple complex facilities tasks, including construction, renovation, and repair projects, for the Library’s six buildings that comprise over 500,000 total square feet and the JCB’s two facilities — the main library building and the Fiering House fellows residence — of 41,000 square feet. Each building has distinct physical characteristics that require special care, and many house collections of great value. Additionally, the buildings are heavily used by students, faculty, and visiting scholars and must offer a welcoming, accessible, durable, and pleasing environment for a wide range of scholarly and social uses. Joe also directs the libraries’ security and safety operations, safeguarding the wellbeing of library patrons, staff, and collections; he ensures compliance with University policies and state and federal laws and regulations; and advises Library and JCB leadership on best practices.

Both Joseph Meisel and Karin Wulf are thrilled that this well deserved promotion recognizes Joe’s outstanding contributions while permanently expanding his responsibilities to include the JCB. Joe will continue to bring creative and energetic oversight to the maintenance, improvement, inclusivity, accessibility, and safety of all Brown’s libraries and the essential role they play for the University’s academic mission.

Call for Undergraduate Members of the Library Advisory Board

The Library Advisory Board (LAB) is seeking two undergraduate volunteers to represent the needs of undergraduate students at Brown University and to relay information about the University Library’s initiatives, services, and resources to undergraduates. 

We are accepting one undergraduate for a one year term and another for a two year term. Volunteers must make time to attend two meetings each for the fall and spring semesters.


How to Apply

To be considered, please email Chelsea Misquith at [email protected] by 12 noon on Monday, November 15, 2021 with your following information: 

  1. Full name
  2. Class year and concentration (if declared)
  3. Why you’re interested in joining the LAB (1 – 2 sentences)
  4. Whether you prefer a one year term or a two year term

LAB Charge

To advise the University Librarian, and other senior officers as appropriate, on resources and priorities with regard to the University Library System. The Library Advisory Board shall review and make recommendations about the University’s policies concerning the Library and its operations; shall help monitor the effectiveness of library services; and will comment on planning and implementation of plans for current and proposed Library policies and programs. The Board shall review and make recommendations with regard to policies consistent with the goals and objectives of the University for the proper use of library resources by faculty, staff, and students; the enhancement of the faculty and student academic environment through the effective use and support of the Library; appropriate Library support for research; and the enhancement of Library resources and support. The Library Advisory Board shall coordinate its agenda and work with the Computing Advisory Board as appropriate.

This is your Library. You belong here.

The participation of undergraduate students on the LAB is integral to ensuring that the Library is meeting undergraduate student needs in accessible, welcoming, useful, and supportive ways.

DH Salons at the Rock on Fridays

Rockefeller Library facade

Please join the Center for Digital Scholarship for a new DH Salon, launching Friday, October 29, at noon in the Digital Scholarship Lab in the Rockefeller Library or via the Zoom* link below. DH Salons will take place every other Friday.

At these informal “brown-bag” meetings, we invite discussion and exploration of digital humanities projects, scholarship, careers, and pedagogy. Each session will feature a different presenter, including graduate students, faculty and staff at Brown and beyond.

First two meetings:

October 29

  • Creating a Career in Digital Scholarship
  • Ashley Champagne (Head, Digital Scholarship Project Planning, CDS) and Allison Levy (Digital Scholarship Editor, CDS)

November 12

  • Taking the Reins, Harnessing the Digital: Enabling and Supporting Public Scholarship in Graduate Level Training
  • Sara Mohr (PhD candidate in Brown University’s Department of Egyptology and Assyriology, Brown)

*NOTE: All DH salons will take place on Fridays at noon in a hybrid format. Please do join us in person in the DSL in the Rock if you can, but those who prefer or need to Zoom in may using this link: https://brown.zoom.us/j/92773576774.

Our December meetings will take place on December 3 and 17 — additional information to follow.

For more information, contact [email protected].

The HBCU Library Alliance and Brown Library receive IMLS grant for Leadership Development Program

Cultural sensitivity and organizational healing will be integral facets of unique partnership program to foster leaders at HBCU libraries and Brown University

Providence, R.I. [Brown University] The HBCU Library Alliance and Brown University Library have received a $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to create a transformational leadership development program: Stronger Together, Leading Through Community. This two-year program for emerging library leaders is the first such program to intentionally unite two distinct communities of practice, HBCUs and Brown University. The curriculum and immersive exchanges of this intensive program will develop core leadership competencies such as change management, fundraising, and collection stewardship. The program will also focus on the leader’s role in promoting organizational healing from the disruption of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in ensuring that libraries are sites of intentional social justice work.

Mutually Beneficial Partnership

The HBCU Library Alliance is a consortium that supports collaboration across the libraries and between information professionals dedicated to providing an array of resources designed to strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their constituents. This grant award marks the first project to be undertaken as part of the formal partnership between the HBCU Library Alliance and Brown University Library. The HBCU Library Alliance welcomed Brown University Library into its community of practice in February 2020 as its inaugural invited, non-HBCU affiliate member. This partnership is based on deep relational work that acknowledges and actively counteracts the historical power imbalance between HBCUs and the Ivy League. It is built with respect and investment in each other’s communities with the shared focus of mutually beneficial partnership activities. Sandra Phoenix, executive director of the HBCU Library Alliance, looks forward to working with Brown to foster strong, culturally sensitive library leaders: 

Collaborating with Brown University to support leadership development and to continue our mission to strengthen HBCU libraries and their staff sets the stage to advance our work together. We are grateful to IMLS for funding the Stronger Together, Leading through Community leadership development initiative. It is our goal to share skills and talents with Brown University, create and cultivate a diverse space for mutual teaching/learning/healing experiences and develop high-calibre library leaders to meet the needs of our communities.

Both the HBCU Library Alliance and Brown University Library have a long history of successful partnerships, which have laid the operational foundation for this pilot project to succeed and grow into a sustainable program that will deeply influence the trajectory of leadership development in libraries. According to Monika Rhue, Director of Library Services and Curation at Johnson C. Smith University’s James B. Duke Memorial Library, and HBCU Library Alliance Board chair, the grant-funded, partner-run program is well positioned to develop library leaders with expertise in social justice:

The program’s pilot will include a most-essential social justice component, where we will focus on leadership development from the lens of community members engaged in civil/human rights. There is such potential to learn, to share experiences, and to advance the development of leaders with this critical perspective. Thanks are due to Brown University for this opportunity to engage and to IMLS for funding this very timely initiative. Our transformative work continues!

The program will break new ground in library leadership development by prioritizing two guiding principles:

  1. Equitable Partnership: Intentional, respectful, and mutually beneficial partnerships across communities are essential for advancing the mission of academic libraries to serve as core resources for socially-engaged scholarship.
  2. Unique Value of HBCUs: HBCU Libraries are uniquely positioned as educational institutions that steward and preserve African American history and culture. It is the responsibility of all research libraries to support this work and advance the status and reach of HBCU libraries, thereby amplifying the cultural, social and scholarly value of African American history.

Emerging Leaders Cohort

The pilot’s cohort of emerging leaders is purposefully designed to be small, including a total of six participants drawing from HBCU Library Alliance member libraries and Brown University Library. The size will ensure deeply personalized attention to the participants, and the program directors — Sandra Phoenix, Executive Director of the HBCU Library Alliance, and Amanda E. Strauss, Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, Brown University — will be attentive to how the unique qualities of this program can be scaled for broader impact.  

Program activities will include:

  • Personalized Leadership Development Plans: Each member of the cohort will have support to create a personalized leadership development plan.
  • Formal Mentorship during the program and beyond 
  • Virtual learning and coursework: The cohort will have access to a unique leadership curriculum specifically designed for this program.
  • Cohort connections in-person and virtual
  • Immersive Exchanges: Each emerging leader will participate in a multi-day, immersive site visit at either an HBCU library or Brown University Library. These exchange residencies will be tailored to individual leadership development plans created as part of the curriculum.
  • Leadership Symposium: The program will culminate in an invitational leadership symposium wherein the emerging leaders cohort will partner with the instructors and curriculum designers to share their learning outcomes with 30-50 colleagues drawn from HBCU libraries and Brown University Library. 

“The support from IMLS is a wonderful recognition of our partnership and the goals we share for advancing the next generation of academic library leaders,” said Joseph S. Meisel, Joukowsky Family University Librarian at Brown. “Combining the distinctive strengths of the HBCU Library Alliance, its member institutions, and the Brown University Library on the basis of genuine reciprocity is a very exciting prospect.”

IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports the development of a diverse workforce of librarians and archivists in order to meet the information needs of their communities by enhancing the training and professional development of library and archives professionals; developing faculty and information leaders; and recruiting, educating, and retaining the next generation of library and archives professionals.

Announcement | Indigenous Peoples Day Library Hours

On Monday, October 11, 2021 — Indigenous Peoples Day — the Brown University Library will be open during the following hours:

  • Rockefeller Library: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sciences Library and Friedman Study Center: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • John Hay Library, Willis Reading Room only: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Orwig Music Library: 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Library Annex: closed

Questions? Email [email protected]. Feedback welcome!

Announcement | Orwig Accessible Entrance Closed 10/5 – 10/6

Orwig facade

In order to make the Orwig Music building more accessible, the door at the accessible entrance is being replaced. The work will occur from Tuesday, October 5 – Wednesday, October 6, necessitating the closure of the entrance. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and look forward to welcoming you through a more accessible door on Thursday, October 7.

The front door will remain open as usual. If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected]