The Brown University Library buildings are closed with virtual services available at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and library.brown.edu.
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.
- Teaching Support guide for instructors
- Teaching with Primary Sources guide
- Research Support guide for students
- Provide Library content directly in Canvas using the LibApps External Tool
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.
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.
Please check the University’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus Updates web page frequently for timely information.
Take good care and be well.