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Brown's Interlibrary Loan system. Delivery may take 10-14 days. Use ILLiad for requesting journal articles. more information

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Brown patrons may borrow some material with a Brown ID at area libraries, including:

Borrowing Brown Library Material

Josiah is the Brown Library catalog. Circulation rules vary. For most material, see below.

Brown Faculty

One year loan.

Material checked out or renewed during one calendar year must be returned or renewed at the Library by Sept. 30 of the following year.

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Brown Graduate Students

Academic Year and Summer Loan.

There are two due dates per year: June 15 and October 15.

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All other borrowers

Four-to-eight week loan.

Materials borrowed in one month are due by the end of following month.

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Renewals, Recalls, Fines

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Some library material may be renewed online.


Borrowed material is subject to recall by other library patrons. Return the material before the new due date to avoid overdue fines ($1.00 per day) and suspension of Library privileges.


For most borrowed items, email courtesy notices are sent five days before an item is due and again after the item is due. After a lapse of 30 days a replacement charge will be issued.

Overdue Fines, Bills, & Penalties

  • Standard replacement charges: $150 per item
  • Overdue recall charge: $1 per day
  • Overdue course reserve item: $0.50 per hour

Library privileges may be suspended for those with overdue recalls, or with substantial outstanding bills. Extreme or repeated problems may be reported to the appropriate Dean or Department Chair.