John Hay Library: General Information

Location | Hours | Staff | Facilities | Gifts | History & Lore

  • Location
    The John Hay Library is located at 20 Prospect Street at the intersection with College Street. Street parking is available. Please note that parking is prohibited on many adjacent streets between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:00 am.
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  • Hours
    The John Hay Library is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
    John Hay Extended and Holiday Hours | Hours for ALL Brown Libraries

  • Staff of the John Hay Library (Scholarly Resources Staff)
    Alphabetical List | Staff by Subject Specialty | Staff Specialities
    (A complete list of staff for ALL Brown libraries is also available.)

  • Facilities
    The John Hay Library housed the entire Brown University Library collection  from its construction in 1910 until the John D. Rockefeller, Jr.  Library was built in 1964.  In 1971, when physical science materials were transferred to the new Sciences Library, the John Hay Library became exclusively a repository for the Library's Special Collections. 

    The John Carter Brown Library, which also houses special collections material, is an independent institution at Brown and is not part of  the University Library system.

    The John Hay Library's main Reading Room is available for quiet study as well as for research.  A separate Reading Room is available for users of University Archives.  Personal computers are welcome.  All tables in the main Reading Room are equipped with power surge protectors.  Hand-held scanners, because they require actual contact with materials, are not permitted.

    Wireless access is available in the Reading Room, the Archives, the Lownes Room, the Reader's Services area, and the Bruhn Room. Any student, faculty or staff member who has activated his or her account at Brown ( ) is eligible to use the wireless service.

    A cluster of networked workstations, including one in the main Reading Room, which afford access to the Library's online catalog, the internet,  over 200 subscription databases, and over 3,000 electronic journals is available. A listing of the Library's electronic resources is available on the e-resources section of  the general Library home page.

  • Gifts
    The Library's strength is testimony to the generosity of its friends and  donors.  
    Making a Gift to the Brown University Library

  • History and Lore

    History of Special Collections
    Excerpt from: Special Collections at Brown University: A History and Guide  
    (Providence: Friends of the Library, 1988)

    Who is Josiah Carberry?

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Box A    20 Prospect Street    Providence, Rhode Island 02912
401-863-3723 (phone)    401-863-2093 (fax)

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