Orwig Music Library: Contact the Music Department Office, firstname.lastname@example.org for use of the classroom; contact the OML staff, email@example.com, for instruction specific to the music library.
Who is Josiah Carberry?
Josiah Carberry, legendary professor of psychoceramics (the study of cracked pots), was born on a bulletin board in University Hall in 1929.
On Friday, May 13, 1955, an anonymous gift of $101.01 was received by the University from Professor Carberry to establish the Josiah S. Carberry Fund in memory of his "future late wife." A condition of the gift was that, henceforth, every Friday the 13th would be designated "Carberry Day," and on that day friends of the University would deposit their loose change in brown jugs to augment the fund, which is used to purchase "such books as Professor Carberry might or might not approve of."
The library's online catalog - Josiah - is named for Professor Carberry.
To find a book, search Josiah, Brown's online catalog. Once you find the book you are looking for, view its record and see what the status is. If it is "Available", note the location and call number and use the stack guides to find books at the Rock, Sciences or Orwig. Stack guides are also posted near the elevators at the Rock and Sciences.
To access material in the John Hay Library, complete an online paging request before you come or fill out a call slip when you get to the library. John Hay materials are building use only.
If the item you want is in the Annex, select the Request This button to request a delivery of the book for next business day pick-up at the campus library of your choice.
What if the book I want is checked out?
Click in Josiah to see if it is available from another RI academic library or request it via easyBorrow for delivery within 2-5 days.
What if the library doesn't own the book I need?
If you want to find an online journal, consult the A-Z list. All journals which Brown owns, whether in print, online, or on microform, can be found through Josiah. Search for the journal title (not the article title) in Josiah; use the drop down menu to limit your search to "Periodicals, Newspapers, Other Serials." Select the title you want and look for the location and call number in the record. If the full-text is available online, click on the link labeled "View online version; access limited to Brown University users. "
To find out whether Brown owns the year/volume that you need, look at the line which reads "LIB. HAS". This shows a range of years which our subscription covers. Many journal records will also display a list of individual volumes; these lists are often incomplete, so refer to the "LIB. HAS" line to determine which years of the journal we own.
If you already know which article you want, use the citation linker to get to online full text, automatically search the catalog, or fill in an Interlibrary Loan request form.
You can also start with a periodical index for your subject area. Browse a complete list or by subject. Once you select a database, enter keywords in the search box. The results of your search will be a list of citations, which display author, title, journal title, volume, date and page number. Many databases will provide links to the full text of the article or the "Find it" button will be available for finding full text or locating the journal in the catalog. If all else fails you can search Josiah for the journal title. Josiah does not contain articles - only journal titles.
What do I do if there is no link for the full text of an article?
If you are using a database which does not provide full text, click the "Find It" button (if available) to search for online full text, pass the search to Josiah, or place an interlibrary loan request. If there is no "Find It" button, search Josiah directly for the title of the journal.
Why am I asked for an ID or payment when I try to view an article?
If you are off campus, make sure you are logged on through the off-campus access service. If you are off campus and using Google Scholar you must also go to "Scholar Preferences" and select "Brown".
If you are on campus or already logged on, this message may occur when you try to view an article that is not included in the library's subscription. In most cases you can find out what years are included in our subscription by viewing the dates for the title in our eJournal list or on Josiah.
Why can't I get the full text of an article in Ebscohost?
Use the "Find It" link, if available, to search for the article online or in print. If the library doesn't subscribe to the full text or doesn't own the publication in print you can place an interlibrary loan request through the link on the "Find IT" menu. If there is no "Find It" link, search Josiah for the publication title.
Ebscohost frequently includes a combination of index-only and full text coverage for the same publication, and it often does not include full text for the latest issues due to publisher restrictions. To determine what years of a publication have full text available, click on "Publications" in Ebscohost's green menu bar and view the record for the publication in question. Look for the line which reads "Full Text"; note that these dates may differ from the years listed under "All Issues", which include both index-only and full text coverage.
How do I find articles that aren't available in full-text online?
If the journal you are looking for is only available in print or microform, record the call number and any additional location information from the Josiah record and look for it on the shelf. The current year is shelved in the Periodicals reading room at the Rock or on level 3 at the SciLi , and back issues are filed by call number with the other books.
At Orwig current periodicals are shelved in the upper reading room, and older issues are bound and shelved with books by call number in the open stacks on the lower level.
If the item you want is in the Annex, select the Request This button to request an electronic delivery of the content. If Brown does not own the journal you need, you may request the article(s) through Interlibrary Loan
How do I find older newspaper articles / How can I access newspaper archives?
Brown subscribes to many online newspapers with content ranging from the 19th century to the current day. We also own many newspapers on microform. For recent newspapers (1980-present), see our Online Newspapers page. For older news coverage, see our resource guides for Historical Periodicals and Historical Newspapers.
Can I access the New York Times Select and the New York Times Archives?
University students, faculty, and staff can gain free access to Times Select by registering with the New York Times using a Brown email address. This includes access to all Times Select material, as well as up to 100 articles per month from the New York Times Archives. Sign up on the NYTimes' website Brown also has access to the New York Times archives from 1851 to the present through ProQuest; choose the appropriate link on this Josiah record: http://josiah.brown.edu/record=b1743466
Can I access the Providence Journal Archives? / How can I search past issues of the Providence Journal?
Brown has online access to the Providence Journal Archives from 1986 to the present. We also own the Providence Journal on microform from 1829 to the present; this is shelved in the periodicals reading room at the Rockefeller Library.
I'm looking for an electronic book (eBook) / Can I access this book online?
Electronic books owned by Brown may be found by searching Josiah, just like regular books. Use the drop-down menu to limit your search to "Web Resources". You can also view a list of subscription and freely available electronic books collections.
How do I search for a thesis written by a Brown University student?
Search Josiah by author or title using the Library's Search interface. To view a list of theses, change the drop down box from "Everything" to "by Call Number" (Honors thesis call number: 1-N HO; Master's thesis call number: 1-N M). To locate an Honors thesis particular year (Example: 1-N HO 1968). To locate a Master's thesis created in a particular year between 1895 and 1999 add the last 3 digits of the year (Example: 1-N M 968); for a Master's Thesis created during 2000 to the present add all 4 digits of the year (Example: 1-N M 2002).
How do I request a thesis written by a Brown University student?
Locate the thesis in Josiah and select "Request This" (near "Status") to have the thesis sent to the John Hay Library and placed on reserve in your name.
Search Josiah by author or title using the Library's Search interface. To view a list of theses, c
hange the drop down box from "Everything" to "by Call Number" (Honors thesis call number: 1-N HO; Master's thesis call number: 1-N M). To locate an Honors thesis particular year (Example: 1-N HO 1968). To locate a Master's thesis created in a particular year between 1895 and 1999 add the last 3 digits of the year (Example: 1-N M 968) for a Master's Thesis created during 2000 to the present add all 4 digits
of the year (Example: 1-N M 2002).
Where do I search for a dissertation written by a Brown University student?
LibX Brown Edition is a Firefox browser extension that provides direct access to the Library's resources from ANY page on the web. LibX comes with a toolbar that searches Josiah, E-Journals, and Google Scholar. It has a context-sensitive menu that searches highlighted text anywhere on a page. LibX also embeds a Brown logo in sources like amazon.com that, when clicked, searches Josiah.
See the Brown Card site for information about obtaining an ID card. Your ID card is necessary for admission to the libraries. If your ID card is lost, go to the Brown Card Office at 69 Brown Street in Room 511 of the J. Walter Wilson Building during business hours (8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday)
How do I get a Brown username and password?
You must activate your account to obtain a Brown Username and password. If you have forgotten your Username or password, call 863-7277 or the CIS Help Desk at 863-4357.
Standard loan period: Books borrowed in one month are due at the end of the following month. Some materials circulate for shorter periods.
Brown graduate students: Books borrowed between August and April are due the following June and books borrowed between May and July are due the following October. Some materials circulate for shorter periods.
Brown faculty: Books borrowed during one calendar year are due in September of the following calendar year. Some materials circulate for shorter periods.
How do I renew a book?
Most Brown library materials may be renewed online by logging in to your Josiah account. Depending on the lender, items obtained from other libraries may or may not be renewable.
Books obtained through the ILLiad system may be renewed by logging in to your ILLiad account; instructions are printed on the yellow band attached to the book.
How will I know when the book I requested arrives?
You will be notified by email when books you have requested are ready. Find out what books are on hold for you by viewing your library account. Books which have arrived will show the status as "Ready for Pickup." Note that items obtained through the ILLIAD system will not appear on your library account.
What is the policy for overdue fines, bills, & penalties?
Replacement charges are assessed when items are 30 days overdue. All borrowers are subject to fines for late return of recalled material (.00 per day) and for overdue Course Reserve items (50 cents per hour). Library privileges are suspended for overdue recalls and substantial outstanding bills. Unresolved charges are periodically transferred to students’ Bursar accounts.
How do I find out the status of my interlibrary loan book request?
Log in to your ILLiad account to submit, review and track your requests and renewals.
Why am I not able to renew my books online?
You may be blocked from online renewal if you have any overdue recalled materials or a large outstanding fine. Also, some library material is not renewable.
What does "restricted circ" mean?
“Restricted circ” refers to oversized art books (1- size or 2-size books with call numbers beginning with “N”). They are shelved in the stacks on level A, but may only be checked out to graduate students and faculty for two week loan periods.
What is meant by "in process" "available soon" or "being bound"?
Items with these status designations are not currently available on the shelf. You may request them by using our online form.
For a complete list of Josiah status messages see Josiah Help.
What if a book is "recently returned"?
If a book is recently returned, inquire at the circulation desk. We can determine the best place to look for it.
Brown students writing a dissertation or thesis, and Brown faculty members, may apply in the Circulation office for the use of a study carrel in the Rockefeller, Sciences or Orwig Library. Library material may be checked out to the carrel on long-term loan, for use in the library only.
How can I get a locker?
Inquire at the circulation desk.
What does 1-SIZE (2-SIZE, 3-SIZE) mean?
1-SIZE, 2-SIZE, and 3-SIZE (oversized) items in the Rockefeller Library are shelved in separate areas. Check the stack directories on each floor for the range location. In the Sciences Library, regular and 1-SIZE books are shelved together, while 2-SIZE and 3-SIZE are in a separate area (usually away from the elevator.)
How do I get something from course reserves? / What are course reserves?
Search for physical reserves (books, cds, videos) in Josiah. Note call numbers and ask for reserve material at the circulation desk. Most course reserve items are checked out for 3 hours at a time.
If a course has a WebCT / MyCourses website, there will be a link to OCRA electronic course reserves (articles, book excerpts, audio & video streaming). You do not need a password to access reserves via WebCT/MyCourses. You can also access electronic course reserves directly through the OCRA site but you will need the course password to do so. You can obtain the password from your professor or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I place material on reserve for my courses?
Use our online course reserve system, OCRA, to place requests for physical reserves (books, cds, etc.) and online reserves (articles, book excerpts, audio & video streaming).
Can I reproduce an object from one of the Library's digital collections?
Yes. Please note that while the majority of the objects in our digitized collections are in the Public Domain, you still need to receive permission from the Library to re-publish (in print or digital form) the digitized versions. Application forms are available at http://library.brown.edu/about/hay/reproduction.php.
Where can I find out about reproductions and permissions policies regarding Hay materials?
I would like copies of collection materials. May I photograph or scan materials?
Please visit our website for additional information about reproductions.
When do I need permission to quote from or reproduce Special Collections materials?
You need to obtain written permission from the John Hay Library for use of quotations beyond what constitutes fair use. In addition, you need to obtain permission from the copyright owner when the library does not own copyright.
My parents are coming to visit. Can I arrange for them to see some of the treasures at the Hay?
By all means! Tours of the Library may be arranged by calling 401-863-3723 or e-mailing email@example.com. There is permanent exhibition of miniature soldiers in the Anne S. K. Brown Gallery (tours available when staffing permits) and, with a little advance notice, we are happy to call up materials that might interest visitors.
Do alumni have access and borrowing privileges?
Yes. The University offers access and borrowing privileges to Brown alumni. In order to borrow an alum must obtain a ID card. ID cards require a one-time processing fee of paid to the Brown Card Office.
Can alumni and visitors connect to wireless at Brown?
Choose the wireless network Brown-Guest from your list of wireless networks. When you open a web browser, you will be prompted to enter your email address to start using the internet. Your bandwidth will be limited and you can only use the network for 8 days. You cannot access library resources and some other Brown resources using Brown-Guest. More information on wireless options.
Are any of the libraries open to the public?
Yes. The John Hay Library and Orwig Music Library are open to the public, upon presentation of photo ID. Visitors may also register for one-time admittance to the Rock and SciLi; photo ID required. Those needing regular access may purchase a Library access card good for six months ($50) or up to one year ($75). A Library borrowing card ($400) is good for one year and allows the holder to borrow library materials.
What Library online resources are publicly available?
Library visitors may access licensed or restricted electronic resources at the Rock or SciLi via one of the computer workstations designated for public use. The University provides guest wireless access; however, licensed resources cannot be accessed via the guest wireless account. All of our digitized local resources are freely available online. You can search the digital collections using the Library's online catalog. In addition we provide unrestricted access through our catalog to several thousand open access books and journals, many of which are peer-reviewed.
Special collections are materials that are shelved apart from the general collection because of their specialized subject matter, age, uniqueness, or value.
Where is the John Hay Library located?
The John Hay Library is located at the corner of College and Prospect Streets, across the street from the Van Wickle Gate. The street address is 20 Prospect Street. The mailing address is John Hay Library, 20 Prospect St / Box A, Providence, RI 02912. Please visit our website for contact information.
Who can use the collections at the John Hay Library?
The John Hay Library is open to all; any researcher presenting a valid personal
identification card with photo is welcome to use the collections.
Why are things that are neither rare nor old housed at the Hay where they cannot circulate?
In addition to housing rare and unique materials, the Hay also contains many thematic special collections that represent historically significant bodies of research materials.
How do I sign up for the John Hay Library e-newsletter?
How can the John Hay Library staff help with my research?
Desk staff provides reference help and assists with using/reproducing material. For in-depth research consultation, contact a curator or subject specialist. To hire a Brown student to provide research assistance, contact Student Employment.
Can you tell me the monetary value of my books?