- Your subject librarian provides services and develops library collections in your research and teaching specialties.
- Search (Almost) Everything At Once: Discover books, ebooks, articles, collections, databases, journals, and more from a single search box.
- Off-Campus Access: Two options allow you to access e-resources from off-campus:
1) Virtual Private Network (VPN) client
- Online Resources:
Databases A-Z listing
eJournals A-Z listing
Digitized collections, eBooks
- Borrowing options: Brown's easyBorrow service facilitates interlibrary loan requests for books through WorldCat, while ILLiad is available for journal article requests.
- Request a purchase: Members of the Brown community are invited to submit purchase requests for Library materials.
- Loan periods: Faculty are granted one-year loan periods for most materials.
- Renew Materials: Renew your materials online using MyJosiah.
- Deputy borrowing: Designate someone to pick up materials on your behalf.
- Ask A Librarian: Answers to quick questions through text/SMS, email, and phone; inquire with your subject librarian for more in-depth questions.
- Customized resource guides for subjects and courses.
- E-delivery of journal articles from print and digital collections to your desktop within 48 hours.
- Delivery of library books to your department mail room or administrative office via Campus Mail, Monday through Friday, during regular office hours.
- Advice on copyright, fair use, and NIH Public Accessibility compliance.
The Library's collections, spaces, and services are available to expand upon and enhance your students' classroom experience.
- OCRA: Brown's online system for course reserves, including streaming audio and video.
- Canvas: Librarians can provide support for students through Canvas, blogs, wikis, and other instructional technology you use.
- Research skills instruction: Librarians are available for in-class instruction. Computer-equipped classrooms or seminar rooms are available in most library buildings.
- Group and individual research consultations for students working on course-related library research.
- Special collections: over five million items in multiple formats, including many world-renowned collections notable for subject, age, uniqueness, or value.
- Digitize from Brown's library collections, including student work and faculty research.
- Specialized exhibitions involving students and faculty in exhibit spaces in the Library and across campus.
- Archive syllabi, preprints and learning objects in the Brown Digital Repository.
- Library classrooms and seminar spaces provide in-class access to materials housed in the Library.
- Computing clusters, networked printing, and scanning are available in the Rockefeller, Sciences, Hay, and Orwig libraries.
- Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Library Research recognizes projects that make extensive and creative use of the Brown University Library's online and physical collections.
Partnerships across campus to support your teaching activities:
- Instructional Technology Group provides support for MyCourses, course preview pages, course email lists, wikis, blogs, clickers/classroom response system, and instructional technology consultations.
- Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning provides consulting services, programming and teaching resources to all members of Brown's teaching community.
Open enrollment workshops and specialized one-on-one training include:
- Citation Management: EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks, and Zotero
- Images: Introduction to ARTstor, Luna Insight, Media Literacy
- Social Sciences Data: Federal Information, United Nations & Rhode Island Government Information
- Qualitative Analysis: Introduction to NVivo
- Finding Funding Resources: Pivot/Foundation Directory Online
- Statistics: Introduction to SPSS, Intermediate SPSS (1 & 2), Stata 1, Intermediate Stata (1 & 2)
- Data: Data Literacy, ArcGIS, R, Geospatial Web, Database Design for Humanists
The Library's Center for Digital Scholarship works with Brown faculty and students in exploring the use of digital technologies to enhance academic endeavors.
- Develop digital projects that enhance the academic work of the university
- Assist faculty with original research using digital tools, techniques, and methodology
- Preserve and provide shared access to original data sets
- Provide digital repository services that provide long-term maintenance and support for data
- Advise on data curation and metadata practices and standards
- Support undergraduate and graduate level instruction with digital methods
- Offer seminars and workshops on topics in digital scholarship for the arts, humanities, and sciences
- Develop funding proposals to support the development of new digital tools and broaden the practice of digital scholarship at Brown
- Digitize text, images, audio, video, data; create metadata; build search/display interfaces
- Mentor students in digital scholarship and digital production skills