Research, Libraries and Athletics


In fiscal year 2015, total research expenditures were $152,093,000 from government and private sources. The University's top sources of research funds include the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, NASA, the Department of Education, and a number of private, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. In addition, Brown's faculty attracts support in the form of Fulbright scholarships and MacArthur, Guggenheim, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.


An invaluable resource to students and faculty, the University Library system contains more than 6.8 million items, including bound volumes, periodicals, maps, sheet music, and manuscripts. The number of items grows by more than 70,000 each year. In addition, the library provides access to a wide range of material available via the Internet.

  • The John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library is Brown’s primary humanities and social-sciences resource.
  • The Sciences Library houses science and medical books and periodicals and the University’s media services operation.
  • The John Hay Library houses special collections, rare books, manuscripts, and archives.
  • The John Carter Brown Library houses the world’s preeminent collection of Americana, both North and South, from before ca. 1825.
  • The Orwig Music Library includes the Walter Neiman Archive of Sound Recordings and more than 24,000 scores.
  • The Art Slide Library houses instructional and research images for visual art, architecture, and archaeology.


The Brown Bears compete in the Ivy League and against other colleges and universities at the NCAA Division I level. Brown has one of the nation’s broadest arrays of varsity teams — 38 in all, 17 for men, 21 for women (the nation’s largest athletic program for women).