Pre-College Programs

Summer at Brown: Learning Facilities

Pre-College Programs at Brown University


The Sciences Library ("The SciLi") holds materials that support study and research in the fields of medicine, psychology, neuroscience, environmental science, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, engineering, computer science, and pure and applied mathematics, and provides a wide range of services to the staff, students and faculty of Brown University.

The Friedman Study Center at the Sciences Library is a central gathering place for students with more than 27,000 square feet of study and social space. The entire area has wireless internet access, comfortable furniture, and there is a café in the lobby.

John D. Rockefeller Library, otherwise known as "the Rock," serves as the primary teaching and research library for the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. Level 1 houses the majority of the Rockefeller Library's services, including interlibrary loan and reference services. The serials collection and reserve items are also available on level 1. The Rockefeller's holdings also include the Brown Library's government documents collection. The Rock turned 50 in 2014 — view its history!

Virginia Baldwin Orwig Music Library houses the general music collection on campus: music books, scores, periodicals, sound recordings, videotapes and microforms. The collection supports the curriculum of the Music Department and provides material for general use by the Brown community. The books and scores circulate outside the library; recordings and videos do not circulate but can be used in the listening room. The Music Library is located on the 1st floor of Orwig Music Building.

The John Hay Library is a repository for the Library's Special Collections. The John Hay Library's main Reading Room is available for quiet study as well as for research.

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.

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Brown Writing Center

The Writing Center offers support through all stages of the writing process, from finding a topic, developing a thesis, structuring an argument, and revising a draft. Associates can help writers deal with writer's block, audience awareness, argumentation, organization, grammar, research skills, the conventions of academic writing, English as a Second Language, and issues of clarity and style. The Center is open with special summer hours for Brown Pre-College students.

As of the 1st week of June, 2016, the Writing Center will be located on the 5th floor of the SciLi

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Computing Resources

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop computer to campus. Residence halls at Brown have both wireless access and are wired for access to the Brown network and the Internet. Students who have the appropriate computing equipment and can configure their own computers are welcome to use the network during the summer at no charge. You will receive information about getting connected on the network when you arrive on campus during student orientation.

Public Computing

Public computing clusters are available for general computing needs with a Brown Network I.D., which you can elect to set up when you arrive on campus. Computing clusters contain Macintosh and Windows computers as well as scanners, printers, and data-storage devices.

Students are responsible for printing costs. To pay for printing services, you must purchase a Bear Bucks Guest Card for $1 from any ValuePort machine. Value Port machines are located in the university libraries. It is advised to only add money in small increments, as unused funds are not refundable. ValuePort III machines are conveniently located at the Rockefeller Library, Sciences Library, Sharpe Refectory lower level, Josiah's, Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Bookstore Lobby, Emery Woolley Hall, and at 222 Richmond Street.

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