ALERT | Library Service Updates during COVID-19 Crisis


The Brown University Library buildings are closed with virtual services available at,, and

Read the latest on Brown’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Returning Physical Material

Graduating students are urged to return physical materials to the Rockefeller Library, through the book return drop located to the left of the front doors. Other students may also drop off materials at the Rock, or you can keep the items in your possession until you are able to return to campus. This includes items obtained through Borrow Direct, easyBorrow, and ILLiad. Fines and late fees will be waived.

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 online 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.

Requests for Library Support & Digital Material

You can request access to digital material! Contact us at the following email addresses to request items, ask research questions, and connect with a Library expert:

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests for resources available electronically are being fulfilled!

Requests for Physical Library Materials

During the critical period of transition from site-based to online 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 is no longer possible until further notice. This includes scanning requests for Online Course Reserves Access (OCRA).

Faculty and Research Support

We are providing online 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.

Additional resources:

Checking Out Library Materials

Checking-out of physical materials from Brown University Library, interlibrary loan (ILL), and BorrowDirect have been suspended until further notice (with the exception of requests for digital material). We will reassess all Library services on an ongoing basis and will post updates here.

Note that most Brown books can be renewed indefinitely.

Online Course Reserves Access (OCRA)

Scanning of physical material is no longer available. All digital material scanned or uploaded prior to April 3 will remain available. Students can continue to access course reserves through Canvas.

University Updates

Please check the University’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus Updates web page frequently for timely information.

Take good care and be well.

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

Ad with pool from Catskills 1997
“The Concord Resort Hotel, Kiamesha Lake, N.Y.: summer 1997 rates ” (1997). Catskills Institute. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.

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.