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.

Planned maintenance and service interruption: multiple library systems

The library has scheduled an update and associated maintenance for the library catalog software on Tuesday, March 26 beginning at 10 am. This will require approximately eight hours of downtime for the library catalog and services tied to the software API. We chose this date to reduce the number of faculty, staff, and students affected by downtime.

We don’t expect the system to be down for more than eight hours, but we will send out an update should that time be extended for any reason. This update from version 3.4 to 4.2 will bring the library to the current release of this software and should resolve many outstanding issues.

Services interrupted include:

  • Requesting/paging items from any library or the Library Annex will be delayed
  • Patron records may not immediately reflect item returns and checkout
  • BorrowDirect requests will not work, but ILLiad will remain online
  • Classic Josiah will be down. Patrons will still be able to search ‘New’ Josiah though item availability information will not populate
  • Any link using from Canvas, syllabi, various content management systems, or other communications will not work during downtime

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to improve services and facilitate world-class, innovative research.

Change in access to the clinical information resource “UpToDate”

Starting on August 1, 2018, UpToDate (UtD) will only be available through the intranets of Brown’s affiliated hospitals (Lifespan, CNE, VAMC) or by individual subscription, and not additionally through the University Library.

For the vast majority of the AMS community, this change will affect only the way that you access UtD.

  • Alpert Medical School students will still be able to use UtD via the Lifespan subscription, which is embedded in LifeChart, and is also available through the intranet.
  • Most of our physicians and residents have access to UtD through their hospital appointments. Lifespan, CNE, and the VA all have institutional subscriptions.

Students, faculty, and residents with an UpToDate Anywhere account will need to renew it through hospital access. If you need assistance, your hospital’s library or IS department should be able to assist you with this. You will not have access to UtD through Brown after 7/31/2018. For community-based faculty without hospital access privileges who were using our UtD subscription, we recommend DynaMed Plus.

The University Library will continue to provide all faculty, staff, students, and residents with complete access to DynaMed Plus, which features a robust app and remote access. More information on DynaMed Plus is available at  Many other resources, such as ClinicalKey‘s “Clinical Overviews,” are available via the Library at

The decision to provide access to UtD only through our hospital partners was arrived at following consultation with Alpert Medical School leadership and AMS stakeholders after UtD representatives raised concerns about current access arrangements.  UtD charges Brown based on the number of 3rd and 4th year medical students, but faculty and residents could also access this resource through the University’s subscription (either by account or merely logging in through the Library). UtD requested that we limit access to students only with an extra layer of authentication, meaning that no clinical faculty would be able to use our subscription, even for strictly educational purposes.

Because AMS students can also access UtD via Lifespan, these requested restrictions put the Medical School and the Library in the position of paying for a duplicate subscription, with no additional benefit to University faculty or students.  To ensure that we are using our budget resources in the most effective and responsible manner, we prioritize providing our medical community access to materials that are not available through other affiliations.

If you have questions about this change, please feel free to contact Erika Sevetson, the Head of Health and Information Services at the Brown University Library, at

Update From JSTOR


Dear Colleague,

Yesterday and today, we have been experiencing intermittent, site-wide access issues that affect use of JSTOR. Our engineers are working hard to restore stable access as quickly as possible. Please watch our Platform Updates page ( for service alerts about these issues. We will post the most current information on that page, as we have it.

We apologize for this interruption and thank you for your continued support of JSTOR.

JSTOR Support

Sciences Library Renovation

The top of the Sciences Library

In preparation for renovation of several floors for new tenants and services, the Sciences Library is undergoing some significant changes.  Workers are moving and shifting materials around, materials are being transferred off-site, and there will be a lot of changes—some temporary, some permanent—in what is housed in the building and where.  A fuller description of the project, including its rationale, timeline, and impact, is available here: Sciences Library Renovation