Alumni Borrowing Cards

Alumni borrowing card Brown University Library offers borrowing privileges free of charge to Brown alumni. Alumni borrowers will be able to check out books from the University Library but because of license restrictions, access to our complete collection of electronic books and journals is restricted to in-library access only. When visiting the Library, please feel free to use one of several workstations not restricted to current students and faculty.

Since 2010 the Library has been offering a subset of licensed electronic resources to alumni on a trial basis. This subset allows alumni to access the full text of nearly 5,000 scholarly and business publications and newspapers. More information is available from the Brown Alumni Association services page (

Initiating your borrowing privileges takes just a few simple steps.

  • There will be a one-time fee of $15 associated with processing an identification card.

  • Alumni Library Cards will be issued by the Brown Card Office, located in the J. Walter Wilson Building at 69 Brown Street 5th Floor; call 401-863-2273 or check the web site to verify hours of operation.

  • You will have to complete an application form 24 hours prior to visiting the card office, which you can fax (401) 863-1233 or mail to the card office. Download application. [Online form coming soon!]

  • At your first library visit after receiving your card, Gateway Services desk staff will verify your contact information and your lifelong borrowing privileges will begin.

The Brown Library is the nexus of intellectual life on campus, and we are pleased to be able to offer access to our unique holdings to our extensive network of alumni. Happy reading!