Using the Library

Using the Collection

The holdings of the John Carter Brown Library are available to scholars engaged in productive research for whom access to the collection is essential for the advancement of their work.  All materials are examined under supervision in the MacMillan Reading Room.

No appointment is necessary to use the Library, but we can better assist you if you provide advance notice of your visit, particularly during the busy summer months.  You can inform us of your research plans by contacting the Reference Librarian.

All researcher must register and follow Reading Room regulations.

Photography is not permitted in the Reading Room.  Researchers wishing to take reference photographs of Library materials must arrange an appointment with the Reference staff.

The Library does not photocopy rare printed material.  Photocopies of other material will be considered at the discretion of the staff.  The Library also maintains an imaging department and, within certain guidelines, provides microfilms of books.   Please see Imaging Services and Permissions for more information.