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.

Sciences Library Material Requests – 12/7 update

Week of October 5 : 13th floor closed
Week of October 12 : 11th and 13th floors closed
Week of October 19 : 10th floor closed
Week of October 26 : 9th floor closed
Week of November 2 : 8th floor closed
Week of November 9 : 4th and 5th floors closed
Week of November 16 : 12th floor closed
Week of November 23 : 6th and 7th floors closed
Week of November 30: 14th floor closed
Week of December 7: 14th floor closed
*all floors are expected to open at 5 pm on the Friday of the week they are closed

During the Fall 2009 semester, a sprinkler system will be installed in the Sciences Library. This facility upgrade requires that each floor be closed to users for two weeks at a time. No more than two floors will be closed at a time. During the time that a floor is closed, library materials will be retrieved on request.
Library staff will have no access to closed floors during the daytime hours. Staff will retrieve requested material from closed floors once daily in the early evening 7 days a week. Items requested before 2pm will be ready for pick-up by 6 pm the same day. Retrieved material will be held for 10 days at the service desk in the Friedman Center, Level A.
Please request materials from closed floors in the Sciences Library with our request form.
Originally posted 10/5/2009

Library Web Server Problems Resolved

Update, January 22, 2009: Library web services have now been restored.
We are experiencing problems with the library web server. The library website is currently available only on campus or via the VPN client off campus. Josiah, the library catalog, is not affected. Links to databases and e-journals are available in Josiah. The link to josiah is:
To download the VPN client see: (MAC) (Windows)
For further information contact

Access to Blackwell Publishing E-Journals Interrupted

Following the recent merger of Blackwell Publishing’s and Wiley InterScience’s electronic journal collections there has been widespread problems with access to Blackwell E-Journal content. Wiley is working to correct these problems and making progress, but issues persist. All Blackwell titles are not affected, but a goodly number that Brown subscribes to are. As an alternative, many Blackwell journals are included in AcademicSearch Premier. Both Josiah and the E-Journal A to Z List include such links where they exist. Older content is also frequently part of JSTOR.
For further information contact

Big changes at the Sciences Library!

Due to construction of the Friedman Study Center in the Sciences Library, the staff and the service desk will relocate by July 1. The service desk will move up to the Mezzanine. Librarian offices are now on levels 6 and 7. Public service and processing staff will be on level 3, along with copiers, medical textbooks, newspapers, new books and periodicals. Consult with staff or call x3-3333 if you have any questions. Rest assured that the reinvigorated Sciences Library of 2007 will be well worth the wait! See Friedman Center press release for further information.
A revised guide to the Sciences Library stacks is now available at:

EZProxy Move to New Server

CIS will be switching the Off-campus Access Service proxy to another server late on Sunday night, June 11. The proxy will not be available for several hours, but should be up and running by Monday morning. If you experience any problems on Monday morning, please try again later in the day. If you continue to experience problems accessing eresources via the proxy server, please contact
The VPN client is an alternate and, in many cases, a more reliable method of remote access. You must have a broadband internet connection and not be using the Lifespan or other VPN client in order to use this method. More information