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 researchers must register and follow Reading Room regulations. Beginning on July 29, 2015, the JCB will use an online circulation system. You will register here, as well as request books you wish to examine.

Please note:
  • 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 Library does not photocopy rare printed material. Photocopies of other material will be considered at the discretion of the staff.  Check our digitized material on LUNA Image Archive and Internet Archive. The Library also maintains an imaging department and, within certain guidelines, provides microfilms of books. Please see Imaging Services and Permissions for more information.