Rock Reading Room Construction Impacts, 9/21 – 9/25

Due to construction to renovate the Reading Room on the first floor of the Rockefeller Library, there will be no access to the Finn glass study rooms and window study carrels along College Street from Sunday, September 21 through Thursday, September 25th. The rooms and carrels will re-open on Friday, September 26.

Noisy work (grinding) will begin Sunday, September 21 at midnight through Monday, September 22 at 8:00am. Users of the Rockefeller Library between midnight and 2:00am on Sunday will be affected. Extra measures will be taken to help control dust and smell.

CNI Podcast with Harriette Hemmasi: Brown University Libraries Supporting Digital Scholarship

In this interview recorded at the 2013 Fall Membership Meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), University Librarian Harriette Hemmasi discusses the Brown University Library Digital Scholarship Lab and the relationship librarians at Brown are cultivating with research and other forms of digital scholarship.

CNI Podcast: Brown University Libraries Supporting Digital Scholarship

Blizzard Hours: Rock & SciLi open 8:30-5:00, Fri 2/8; All libraries closed, Sat, 2/9

The Rockefeller and Sciences libraries will be open 8:30am to 5:00pm on Friday, February 8. Orwig will be open 8:30am to 11:30am. All other libraries will be closed.

ALL libraries will be closed on Saturday, February, 9.

Weather permitting, libraries will be open regular hours on Sunday, February 10, but with a skeletal crew. However, Orwig Music Library will be open from noon to 5:00pm.

New Library Home Page and Search Technology — Coming September 1

Mock-up of new library home page A cleaner, less cluttered library home page will debut on September 1, 2011. The new design will gracefully adjust to tablet and smart phone dimensions and will feature new technology for searching all of the library’s resources from a single search box. These resources include:

Books+” — Josiah (library catalog), plus over 57,000 digital objects from special collections, full text dissertations from the Brown Digital Repository, and Library Resource Guides compiled by subject librarians
Articles” — over 200,000,000 online articles from the library’s vast array of licensed and subscription sources
Everything” — “Books+” and “Articles” side by side

Access to the the traditional Josiah catalog will continue to be available; some functions – such as viewing course reserves, placing requests, viewing checkouts, renewing material – are currently available only in Josiah. Use the link to Josiah in the detailed record to perform any of these functions.

Library Provides Full Access to New York Times

The New York Times has instituted restrictions on content effective March 28, 2011. Although some content will remain free, there will be limited access to articles and features for those who do not subscribe to either the print or online version of the paper.

The Library has arranged to provide Brown readers with access to the full text and images of the New York Times via Newsbank. Newsbank offers same-day, full-image, full-text access that includes the Book Review, Magazine, and other supplements. The links are now live via the Josiah catalog. Please see: (first link) or the the New York Times record in the Library’s e-journal A-Z list at: (search New York Times)

A number of other online versions of the Times are also available from the Josiah link above. Users who encounter access trouble should contact us at: or