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Welcome to the John Hay Library

John Hay Library New Longer Hours
Study space & student lounge open Monday – Thursday:
10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Fri: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Noon - 10:00 pm

Entry into the Library after 6:00 pm weekdays and on weekends requires access by Brown ID card-swipe.

Special Collections services available:
Mon – Thurs10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The John Hay Library has undergone extensive renovations to the first floor, now providing enhanced research and study space in the restored main Reading Room, a separate fully-updated Special Collections Reading Room, an expanded Exhibition Gallery, a new Consultation Room, and a convenient Student Lounge.

Continuing to provide access to the Library's remarkable collections of rare books and manuscripts, the University Archives, and many special collections on a wide variety of topics, John Hay Library staff also offer individual consultation and class sessions on integrating the collection into teaching, learning, and research. The Library also houses three seminar rooms and hosts exhibitions and scholarly events throughout the year.

Tours of the John Hay Library are available. Please call 401-863-2146 or e-mail hay@brown.edu for information.