Library Closings and Handicap Access

Library Closings: All Libraries will be closed from Thursday, December 22 at 5pm until Monday, January 2 at 8:30am, except the Friedman Study Center which will be open Tuesday, December 27 through Thursday, December 29 from 10am to 5pm.

Handicap Access: From December 23rd through January 7, the handicap access ramp in front of the Rockefeller Library will be closed for repair. From January 2-7, patrons who require the handicap ramp will be referred to the Sciences Library for services since physical access to the Rock via the handicap ramp will not be possible. Patrons with questions about access should contact the Library by calling 863-2165.

Brown University Adopts Serials Solutions Summon™ Discovery Service

SEATTLE – August 18, 2011 – Serials Solutions®, a business unit of ProQuest® LLC, today announced that Brown University Library has chosen to adopt the Summon™ web-scale discovery service to improve the discoverability and usability of library electronic resources for its students, faculty and staff. The Summon™ service enables Brown University’s researchers to receive the most relevant information from the full breadth of content found in the library’s licensed collections, and ensures that these invaluable resources are more easily found and used.

“After a thorough review of discovery systems, the Brown University Library chose to implement the Serials Solutions Summon service in order to improve searchability and access to our online resources,” said Harriette Hemmasi, Joukowsky Family University Librarian with Brown University. “The Summon approach offers flexibility for future improvements, and was the most popular choice with users and library staff.”

Established in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States and currently has a full-time enrollment of more than 8,400 undergraduate and graduate students. As an acclaimed Ivy League institution, Brown University Library collections boast more than 6.8 million print items, plus a multitude of electronic resources and expanding digital archives. The library subscribes to hundreds of online databases, tens of thousands of e-journals and online newspapers, and e-books, available anytime to members of the Brown community around the world.

“Serials Solutions is dedicated to enabling the discovery of information in an intuitive manner that is beneficial for both users and librarians,” said John Law, vice president of discovery solutions at Serials Solutions. “Librarians spend a large portion of their annual budgets on acquiring resources, so it’s vital for them to ensure these valuable resources are being fully utilized. With the Summon service, Brown University Library is maximizing the return on investment for its electronic resources, and increasing the discoverability of the full breadth of the library’s subscribed databases, e-resources and physical materials.”

Brown University Library joins more than 250 libraries and research institutions subscribed to the Summon™ service, many of whom are seeing a substantial increase in the use of their library’s collections. Currently, the Summon™ service allows researchers to search the full text of content from more than 7,000 providers and contains more than 750 million records.

Recognized as the Best Enterprise Search Solution at the 2011 CODiE Awards by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the Summon™ service offers the most compelling user experience by providing an easy and open discovery experience. With a single unified index, the Summon™ service provides instant access to the breadth of authoritative content that is the hallmark of great libraries.

About Serials Solutions (

Serials Solutions® is the global leader in essential discovery and e-resource management solutions which are powered by a comprehensive knowledgebase. Its popular suite of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions helps improve access to and use of collections, eases librarian workloads, and ultimately reduces operating costs. Solutions include: the world-class Summon™ web-scale discovery service, providing instant access to the full breadth of the library’s collection through a single search; the AquaBrowser® discovery layer, making navigation more accessible; 360 services, the only integrated e-resource access and management solution; KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase and foundation for Serials Solutions® 360; and Ulrich’s™ services, the world’s most authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information for serials and the most comprehensive source of print and electronic serials data available. Headquartered in Seattle, Serials Solutions is a member of the ProQuest® family of companies.


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