Circulation Services for NON-BROWN UNIVERSITY PATRONS
Welcome! This is a summary of information regarding Library services
and policies as they apply to library users who are not currently Brown
students, faculty or staff.
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Library Services & Facilities
Access to Library Buildings
Rockefeller Library, Sciences Library and Orwig Music Library
All library users must show authorization and accepted
identification in order to enter these general collection libraries.
Although not open to the public, there are many ways to arrange for
use of these facilities and their collections. See the publication Use
of the Brown University Library: http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/University_Library/policies/access.html
for complete information. All questions regarding use of these libraries
may be directed to Rockefeller Circulation (401 863-2165).
John Hay Library and John Carter Brown Library
The special collections in the John
Hay Library are available to the public; contact Readers' Services
for more information (401 863-3723). The John
Carter Brown Library, containing an outstanding collection of rare
Americana, is a separately administered unit of Brown University; questions
concerning access to it should be directed there (401 863-2725).
These units of the Library are available to non-Brown patrons by special
arrangement only. Please contact them for information: Demography (401-863-2371),
Art Slide Library (401 863-3218), Media Services (401 863-2197)
Summary of Access Privileges
Access privileges allow an authorized individual to use
most library material within the Rockefeller, Sciences, or Orwig Libraries,
including books and bound periodicals in open stacks, current periodicals
and newspapers, microforms, and printed reference material. All library
users must bring a their issued Brown Library access card, a written
referral from consortial library partner, or a library card from a consortial
partner to be admitted.
Some collections and services are reserved for Brown faculty, students
and staff, and are therefore not available for others: use of course
reserve material, interlibrary loan services, referral to other libraries,
data base searching, use of some cd-rom/electronic products, non-print
listening and viewing facilities, and carrel assignments. These services
may be available at an individual's local public library, or his/her
home institution's library.
To protect the library's collections, please use material with care,
do not write in books, keep them dry, and refrain from using self-stick
notes. Also, be aware that damage, concealment, or theft of library
materials is prohibited by the University and the Library, and also
by Rhode Island State law.
Library Holdings and Links to Electronic Publications.
the Brown Library Online Catalog, provides information about material
in Brown's collections (including books, periodicals, scores, sound
recordings, videos) as well as thousands of electronic publications.
Computers for accessing Josiah are located near the Reference areas
in all libraries, and on many stack floors of the Rockefeller and Sciences
can be accessed on the web at:http://library.brown.edu/screens/opacmenu.html.
Make a note of the location and exact call number of the material
you wish to use. If the item you want is listed as "checked out"
or "in transit" you may place a hold and recall it at the
Circulation desk (or by calling 863-2165). If it is "in process"
or "on order" you may request notification by filling out
the electronic form: http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/University_Library/forms/.
Book Stacks. Rockefeller, Sciences,
and Orwig are open-stack, self-service libraries, with books arranged
according to the Library of Congress call number system. Check the
building's stack directory near the elevator (or on the web at):
to determine the floor for the call number you want. Then consult
the map on that floor to locate the specific range. If you can't find
what you want, please ask a staff member for assistance.
Course Reserves. Faculty may place
required readings on course reserve at Rockefeller (level 2), Sciences
(lobby), Orwig, Demography and/or John Hay Libraries. Items on reserve
can be viewed by selecting "Reserve Lists" on Josiah.
Course Reserve items have restricted loan periods, usually 3 hours,
and overdue fines of 50 cents per hour. For more information call
863-2517 or see the reserve web page:http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/University_Library/services/reserves/
Documents. Not all government documents are listed in Josiah.
Assistance in identifying and locating government publications can be
obtained in the Reference area at the Rockefeller Library.
Microfilm and microfiche, with appropriate readers and printers, are
located in the Hecker Center and the Periodicals Reading Room on Rock
Level 1, and on Level A of the Sciences Library.
Current periodicals are shelved in call number order in the Periodicals
Reading Room on level 1 of the Rock, on Level A of the Sci Li, and
in the Orwig Reading Room. Older volumes are in the book stacks according
to call number. Note that most periodicals are restricted to in-library
Self-service photocopiers at the Rock are on level 2 and in the Periodical
Reading Room; at Sciences they are in the Lobby and on several stack
floors; there is one copier in the Orwig reading room. A color copying
service is provided by the Circulation/Reserves staff at the Rockefeller
Library. Library users are responsible for insuring that copying
complies with U.S. copyright laws. Change Machines
are located near the Circulation desks of the Rock and Sci Li.
Reference, Information and Library Instruction.
Reference assistance is available most hours that the libraries are
open. The reference area is located on Level 1 in the Rock and on
Level A in Sciences. The print and electronic reference collections,
including dictionaries, encyclopedias, indexes and directories, are
located nearby. Many resources can be accessed from the library research
center web site: http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/University_Library/eresources.
For telephone assistance, call 401-863-2167 (Rockefeller Reference)
or 401-863-3333 (Sciences Reference).
Other Library Services & Facilities
Accessibility. Rockefeller, Sciences,
and Orwig Libraries are wheelchair accessible. Circulation staff in
all libraries can retrieve materials and provide other special services
as required for individuals with physical limitations. A reader for
the visually impaired is available in the Hecker Center of the Rock.
Computers. Computer clusters, featuring
the electronic Library Research Center, are located near the reference
desk of each library, and library staff is usually nearby to help.
Computing and Information Services provides computers on level 2 of
the Rock, and on the Mezzanine of Sciences; a registered Brown University "net ID" is required. Carrels for laptop use are in the Hecker Center,
Rock level 1.
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