Information for Researchers
Tuesday and Thursday nights until 7 pm
Closed on Sundays and on major holidays.
Please note that on the first Wednesday of each month, the Library holds a staff meeting and does not open until after 10 a.m.
All researchers are required to register. The first step is to register online with our circulation program, AEON. When you get to the JCB you will need to present two forms of currently valid identification, including either a driver's license or a passport. As a rule, college identification cards and reader’s cards from other institutions are not acceptable as primary identification. Foreign nationals (except Canadians) are required to present their passports. Graduate students and independent scholars are required to present a letter of reference from an established university scholar.
Brown University Library:
Access to the Rockefeller Library at Brown University may be arranged at no cost. The “Rock” has a large general collection of secondary materials.
We do not photocopy rare books. Readers who want a copy of a rare book should request digital copies or should talk to the Reference staff about using a camera. Digital image files may also be ordered from the Imaging Department using AEON.
Getting to the Library:
The John Carter Brown Library is on the Brown University Green on the corner of George and Brown Streets. Once you are on the University campus, the Library is easy to find. When asking directions locally, you are more likely to get an informed response if you ask for the main green of Brown University, not the John Carter Brown Library.
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The T.F. Green Airport (401-737-4000) is twenty minutes away in Warwick and serves the Providence metropolitan area. Shuttle vans depart frequently from the airport to the Brown Campus for $9.00 one-way. (Airport Van shuttle, 401-737-2868). Taxi fare is approximately $25. A train service also now connects the airport with the railroad station in downtown Providence.
If it is more convenient to fly to Boston, a direct Peter Pan bus regularly runs to Providence from Logan Airport’s International Arrivals Terminal. The round-trip fare is $43.30 (one-way $24.30). Peter Pan has a free shuttle bus that runs from its Providence bus terminal (located near exit 25 on route I-95) to Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. From the Plaza there are buses to College Hill on the East Side where Brown University is located. The Library is within walking distance of Kennedy Plaza, but the walk requires a climb up a steep hill. It is not recommended in inclement weather or if luggage is carried.
Providence is on the northeast corridor Amtrak (1-800-872-7245) line that runs from Virginia to Boston, and five or six trains arrive daily. Taxis are available at the station.
For auto travel I-95 connects Providence to Boston and New York; I-195 connects Providence to Cape Cod; US 6 runs west to Hartford, Connecticut; US 146 runs north to Worcester, Massachusetts.
On-street parking is permitted for 2 to 3 hours at a time. An all-day parking permit can be obtained from the Parking Office, 75 Charlesfield St. (401-863-3157) Parking is quite difficult around the Brown University campus and a car can be a liability. In the vicinity of Brown, most needs can be met by walking or by using public transportation.
Where to Stay:
Researchers who plan to work at the Library for more than a few days should write or call the Library and ask for a list of possible lodgings. Rates are seldom less than $200 a week.