Summer 2022 Library Hours and Operations

Happy summer, from your Brown University Library!

Health and Safety

Operations are founded on the most up-to-date, reliable safety protocols to ensure a healthy environment for our patrons and staff. Please follow all Healthy Brown steps to keep yourself and our community well. If you aren’t feeling well, please make use of the Library’s robust slate of digital resources

Who can access Library buildings?

Current Brown students, faculty, and staff and current Rhode Island School of Design students can access all Library locations. Reservations are required for the Special Collections Reading Room at the John Hay Library, which is open to the public on weekdays (email [email protected]).

Alumni and Other Visitors

COMPLETE INFORMATION FOR ALL VISITORS

OBTAINING A LIBRARY CARD

Visitors who anticipate using the Rockefeller, Sciences, or Orwig Libraries on an ongoing basis must obtain a Brown University Library card. Cards will be issued upon receipt and approval of a completed Brown University Library Visitors request form. The Library must approve requests for visitors, excluding those with IDs sponsored by a department or program at Brown, Brown alumni, and visitors attending a Library public event. More information.

Visitors must abide by the policies on the Healthy Brown website and should review the Visitor and Guest Vaccination Requirement.

Library Support

In-person

Patrons can schedule in-person (and online) consultation appointments with a Library expert by contacting the relevant subject specialist directly. Not sure who to contact? Email [email protected] for general inquiries and [email protected] for Special Collections inquiries.

Online

Please continue to request materials online through BruKnow. Requested materials will be held at the service desks. Patrons will be notified when the item is available and where it should be picked up. The Library is providing document delivery through the ILLiad system.  

You can also ask questions via chat, book online consultations, and make use of the many resources available on our website.

Locations and Hours

During regular hours, current Brown and RISD ID holders can swipe through the inside gate at the Rockefeller Library and the Sciences Library. Extended building hours are available to current Brown ID holders only by swipe access at the front door.

ROCKEFELLER LIBRARY

REGULAR HOURS:

Sunday: 12pm–7pm
Monday–Thursday: 8am–9pm
Friday: 8am–5pm
Saturday: 10am–5pm

SCIENCES LIBRARY

BUILDING HOURS:

Sunday: 12am–7pm
Monday–Thursday: 9am–9pm
Friday: 9am–5pm
Saturday: 10am–5pm

circulation HOURS:

Sunday: 10am–5pm
Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm
Saturday: 9:30am–5pm

JOHN HAY LIBRARY

PUBLIC ACCESS HOURS:

Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm
Saturday and Sunday: closed

GILDOR FAMILY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS READING ROOM HOURS:

Monday–Friday: 10am–5pm
Saturday and Sunday: closed
Closed daily 12pm–1pm.

For research in the Special Collections Reading Room, please email [email protected] to request a seat reservation. We are currently limiting use of the Special Collections Reading Room to a maximum of nine researchers at a time. You must also request materials through Aeon one week (5 full business days) in advance of your reservation.

ORWIG MUSIC LIBRARY

Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm
Saturday and Sunday: closed

Reserving Study Rooms

Current Brown students, staff, and faculty, and RISD students can reserve group study rooms at the Rock and SciLi through libcal.brown.edu

Graduate and Medical Student Carrels

Study carrels are available to graduate and medical students. Interested persons should inquire at the Rockefeller Library service desk.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Rooms

Graduate TAs may also access a limited number of small study/collaboration rooms to conduct online sections. Registration is required through 25Live

Library Tutorials

Guides and videos with information about how to use the Library, conduct various aspects of research, and more are available online.

Feedback

Your Brown University Library is committed to providing all patrons with the best possible academic library experience. Throughout your engagement with Library collections, physical spaces, patron services, instruction, and web-based tools and content, you should be welcomed, valued, and respected, and be provided with equal opportunities to pursue scholarship in a spirit of free and open inquiry.

We encourage your feedback about any aspect of Library services, resources, and facilities. Feedback can be made through this anonymous form, which has an option for inputting your contact information, or you can email [email protected]

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