The Cooperating Libraries Automated Network
includes nearly all public libraries in the state.
Rhode island residents (including temporary residents)
can obtain a CLAN card at the
Providence Public Library
by showing proof of a Rhode Island address,
such as a telephone bill.
The Consortium of Rhode Island Academic Libraries
provides for Faculty borrowing privileges at member libraries.
If you are a member of the Brown faculty and wish to borrow material from other CRIARL libraries, be sure to obtain a
CRIARL identification card at the Rockefeller Library Circulation Office before visiting any of these libraries.
Brown students are permitted on site use of the collections of the other CRIARL libraries; in some cases a letter of referral from a Brown reference librarian is required.
Six of the CRIARL libraries share a single catalog,
(HELIN). Other catalogs can be accessed from the CRIARL link above.
The Library of the Rhode Island School of Design
is available for onsite use by all Brown ID holders.
Brown faculty members who wish to borrow material from RISD must first obtain a CRIARL card from the Rockefeller Library Circulation Office, as described above.
Brown students need a letter of referral from the Rockefeller Library Circulation Office in order to borrow
material from RISD.
The Association of Rhode Island Health Science Libraries
includes both academic and hospital libraries.
Please check with the Sciences reference staff (401-863-3333) or the individual library
The Library of Rhode Island
provides additional information about (and directions to) Rhode Island libraries and library services.
to selected libraries, from the Brown campus.
The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) includes 14 major academic libraries in
Massachusetts, the University of Connecticut and the University of New
Brown students, faculty and staff who wish to borrow material from other BLC libraries should obtain a
BLC identification card at the Rockefeller Library Circulation Office before visiting any of these libraries.
user guide provides a link to the online catalog of each member
library, as well as a link to the BLC
union list of serials. The Virtual Catalog
will eventually include all BLC members' catalogs in a single searchable interface.
The Harvard University Libraries
part of the Boston Library Consortium and, in general, are not open to the public; some require payment of a fee.
Brown Reference staff can provide you with more information, and, if appropriate, a letter of referral.