Library Resources

In addition to being part of the Interlibrary Loan Consortium, Brown also participates in the Boston Library Consortium (which includes on-site borrowing privileges), IN-RHODE, and Borrow Direct, a partnership between Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Yale that provides access within days to a collection of over 100 million volumes. For more details, see here.

Couch Room Library

Located on the top floor of Macfarlane House, the Herbert Newell Couch Library in Classical Philology was established in 1959. The Library, which is independent of the holdings of the Brown library system, now contains over 4,000 volumes and is accessible to classics students and faculty twenty-four hours a day.  

David E. Pingree Collection

Recently, Brown’s Libraries also acquired the private collection of David Pingree (1933-2005), late University Professor and Professor of History of Mathematics and Classics at Brown, and America's foremost historian of the exact sciences in antiquity. This treasure collection, of some 22,000 volumes and a number of manuscripts, focuses on the study of mathematics and exact sciences in the ancient world, from, especially, India through the Arab world and Byzantium to Western Europe. For information, visit this site.

Brown's other Libraries:

The Art Slide Library has a large collection of visual aids,  Representing art and art-related subjects, including architecture and archaeology, the slides and photographs may be borrowed by faculty and students for use in Brown University courses.
The John Carter Brown Library houses an internationally renowned, constantly growing collection of primary historical sources pertaining to the Americas, both North and South, before ca. 1825.

The John Hay Library houses a broad range of special collections.

The John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library is Brown's primary teaching and research library for the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts.  

Online Resources