Since 1938, our members have been advocates for the Brown University Library. The Friends of the Library acquire rare books and manuscripts, support digital initiatives, and sponsor symposiums and discussions that bring a diverse group of journalists, academics, scientists, authors, and artists to campus. Currently, they are actively supporting the Library's efforts to modernize its facilities, expand its virtual footprint, and improve access to its print and online collections. By joining the Friends, you contribute to academic life on campus. Your membership enables the Library to provide services that are both state-of-the-art and responsive to the changing needs of new generations of scholars and students. Help us continue to grow in response to the challenges presented by Brown's dynamic curriculum. Please join us!
— Harriette Hemmasi, Joukowsky Family University Librarian
Join the Friends today online. Or contact Jane Cabral at Jane_Cabral@brown.edu or FOL@brown.edu or 401-863-2163. If you prefer, please print a membership form and mail to the following address: Friends of the Library, John D. Rockefeller Library, Box A , Brown University, Providence, RI 02912.
Levels of Membership
|$45.00||Brown Faculty & Staff|
|$5,000||Nicholas Brown Society|
The Friends is an association devoted to promoting the growth and usefulness of the University Library and to encouraging gifts to it both of funds and of books, desirable collections, and other scholarly materials.
Friends are invited to Library lectures, exhibits and special events. Every year the Friends of the Library host a speaker through the Don Wilmeth Endowed Lectureship in American Theatre, established by the University in honor of Professor Don Wilmeth, FOL board member, and his monumental contribution to the study of theatre at Brown. Past visiting lecturers have included Laurence Maslon (2005), Jim Steinmeyer (2007), Christopher Bigsby (2008), Laura Linney (2008), Lynn Nottage (2010), and Bill Irwin (2011). In 2012, actor and musician Jude Ciccolella '69 spoke and performed music at Leeds Theatre.
The Friends also host events through the Mel and Cindy Yoken Cultural Series, bringing Art Buchwald (2005) and Adam Gopnik (2006) to campus, and more recently Dorie Greenspan (2011) and Dr. Guila Clara Kessous (2012), among others.
And, in 2012 the Friends of the Library were pivotal in creating Brown's Thriller Writers Archive, and celebrated the formation of the Archive with a panel discussion and book signing featuring David Baldacci, Steve Berry, Nelson DeMille, Lisa Gardner, and R.L. Stine. The discussion was moderated by Jon Land '79.
Finally, thanks to Josiah S. Carberry, long-time Friend of the Library and Brown professor of psychoceramics, every Friday the 13th the University celebrates Carberry Day. In honor of the day, Josiah lectures on his research and friends of the University deposit their loose change in brown jugs to augment the Josiah S. Carberry Fund which is used to purchase "such books as Professor Carberry might or might not approve of."
Along with encouraging gifts, Friends of the Library board members have themselves given generously to the Library over the years. Significant gifts include donations of their own work, such as the personal papers of Jon Land '79, and Don Wilmeth's ADE '70 hon. teaching archives, as well as materials from their personal collections, such as S. T. Joshi's '80 AM'82 H.P. Lovecraft materials, Tom '72 and Antonia '74 Bryson's Dance Collection, and Daniel G. Siegel's '57 manuscript of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
To support the organization, the Friends of the Library sell greeting cards from the Special Collections of the Brown University Library. This distinctive selection of note cards and gifts with images from rare books and prints can be viewed here.
Friends of the Library membership does not include access or borrowing privileges. The Library offers free access and free borrowing privileges to all Brown degree holders. Alumni may request a free Library access card by visiting the circulation desk at Rockefeller Library. To receive borrowing privileges, please follow the steps available here. Anyone else with a research need may purchase building access cards for specified periods at the following rates: Building access card, one year $75.00. Building access card, six months $50.00. Borrowing cards, one year $400.00. These cards may be used for borrowing Brown-owned material only. Other restrictions may apply. Use of licensed electronic resources is restricted to current Brown students, faculty, and staff.