John Hay Library: General
History & Lore
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
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The John Hay Library is open Monday to
Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Hay Extended and Holiday Hours |
Hours for ALL Brown Libraries
of the John Hay Library (Scholarly Resources Staff)
by Subject Specialty |
(A complete list of staff for
ALL Brown libraries is also available.)
The John Hay Library housed
entire Brown University Library collection from its construction
1910 until the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library was built in 1964. In
physical science materials were transferred to the new Sciences Library,
John Hay Library became exclusively a repository for the Library's Special
John Carter Brown Library,
which also houses special
collections material, is an independent institution at Brown and is not
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
scanners, because they require actual contact with materials, are not
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 (http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/CIS/activate/ ) 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
section of the general Library home page.
The Library's strength is
testimony to the generosity of its friends and
See: Making a Gift to the
Brown University Library
History and Lore
History of Special Collections
Excerpt from: Special Collections at Brown
University: A History
(Providence: Friends of the Library, 1988)
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John Hay Library
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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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