Search for a Book

Searching for a Book


The books of the John Carter Brown Library are included in the Brown University online catalog, JOSIAH.

JOSIAH includes records for the entire Brown University Library system; you may restrict your search to items in the John Carter Brown Library  by selecting “JCB - John Carter Brown Library” from the pull-down menu at “Limit search to."

We have Bibliographies on our website for more refined searching, though we do not own all items included.

What is NOT in JOSIAH?

  • The print collection
  • The manuscript/codices collections
  • The archive collection

These materials, and a small portion of the printed book collection (about 10 to 15%), are accessible only through the library’s onsite card catalogues and print resources. Our larger manuscript collections, such as the Brown Family business records (ca. 1735- 1914) and the John Russell Bartlett papers (ca. 1832-1886) can be researched through printed finding aids, or increasingly, through the Rhode Island Archival and Manuscript Collections Online database (RIAMCO).

The Library staff is available to help locate material and to answer questions about the collections.  Please direct general questions to the Reference Librarian or to subject area curators.

Digitized Collections

Over 15,000 maps, illustrations, and political cartoons are available at LUNA Image Archive, and over 10,000 books can be found at Internet Archive. Please visit Digital Book Collections for more information about online material.

Requesting Material

For researchers who wish to request material:

  • First-time users must create an AEON account.
  • The Request link appears on individual records, not on search result screens.
  • At this time the Request link for JCB records appears only in Classic Josiah. Choose the John Carter Brown Library in the box labeled "Limit search to:"
  • The request is ready when the Status in Aeon reads "Item On Hold"

After registering and reviewing the reading room policies, researchers may request items on AEON, our online circulation system.  New requests are paged at 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. These materials will be available at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. respectively.

Because of space limitations, researchers may request a maximum of five items to be held for their use.  Please check with the Reading Room supervisor for requested items. Only one item may be viewed at a time; all exceptions must be approved by the Reading Room supervisor.