Using the Library

HOURS: Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to noon. Paging, Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. No paging on Saturdays. Books are collected 15 minutes prior to closing. The library is closed until 10 a.m. for a staff meeting the first Wednesday of every month. Holiday closings are listed on the JCB home page.

CHECK IN: When you first enter the Library on any given day, please come in at the main entrance on the campus green and sign in at the desk in front of the fireplace. Please sign out when you leave for the final time of the day. We want to know who is present in the Library at any time and we keep records on who has been in the Library. These records have nothing to do with "taking attendance." We understand there will be days when, for a variety of reasons, you may not be at the JCB. If you plan to be out of town for more than a day or two, please leave word in the administration office.

RESEARCHER RULES: The "Rules for Researchers" (given to you when you register at the Library) are extremely important. Please adhere to them strictly. It hardly needs saying that almost every book and map in the JCB is rare and precious. We need your help to ensure that these materials are kept in prime condition and are available for scholars forever. Do not leave any JCB materials lying about unattended—even for the briefest of times. If you should happen to witness inadvertent misuse of JCB materials by another researcher, do not hesitate to mention it discreetly to a Library staff member. We are very serious about the care and security of the Library's great resources.

CATALOGUE USE INSTRUCTIONS: The John Carter Brown Library collection is entirely distinct from the Brown University Library collection and is only partially accessible online. Some 40,000 JCB titles (about 85 percent of the rare book holdings and 90 percent of the reference holdings) are recorded on the Brown University online catalogue, “JOSIAH”. You may search for just JCB items by limiting the search to “John Carter Brown Library” on JOSIAH. Full knowledge of the holdings of the JCB requires use of its card catalogue because, in addition to the 15 percent or so of the library holdings not online, none of the Library’s map, print, archive, or manuscript collections are online. These are accessible only through Library’s onsite card catalogues and print resources. Also available are place of imprint files, chronological files, shelf-lists, and provenance files. Ask a librarian for advice if in doubt. They are here to help you.

FINDING AND USING MAPS AND PRINTS AT THE JCB: Cartographic materials at the John Carter Brown Library include single-sheet maps, atlases, and maps appearing within published and manuscript works. Because of the variety of formats and sizes, maps provide unique challenges to storage and use. If you plan to make cartographic or graphic materials part of your research at the JCB, please make an appointment with Susan Danforth, the George S. Parker II Curator of Maps. In addition to reference works on cartography and geography, the Map Room on the ground floor of the Library houses a card catalogue for separate maps (i.e., maps that are not in books or atlases). The catalogue provides access by area, map-maker, engraver, publisher, place of publication, and date. For strategies to access maps in books and atlases we recommend you consult with Susan Danforth. Many of the maps with significant decorative elements such as cartouches, are accessible through the Archive of Early American Images. Fellows are welcome to use the reference material shelved in the Map Room (the “G” call number range)—no appointment is necessary. If the door to the room is locked, please ask a staff member to admit you. You may also request reference materials to be paged by the Reference staff.

REFERENCE LIBRARY USE: JCB Fellows are welcome to browse the shelves in the open reference stacks and the Swearer Room. If you have any trouble finding a book, please ask a member of the reference staff for assistance. You are welcome to sign out books for long-term use in the Reading Room, but the books must always be in one of three places: 1. on the shelf where it belongs, 2. on your personal space in the bookshelf in the Special Projects Room, or 3. with you in the Reading Room. Reference books may not be kept in personal cubicles, lockers, or in a public carrel. Please do not reshelve books. They should be left either at the reshelving station on the worktable outside the entrance to the cataloguing department or with the person at the front desk, if you have signed them out. When signing out a reference book, please leave the completed slip on the shelf where the book belongs. If you have questions about use of the open reference stacks and the paging of reference books, please see Kim Nusco.

COMPUTER FACILITIES: To access electronic resources during your stay you will need to activate your Brown Account with a Brown ID, which we will help you obtain. (Brown ID’s must be returned to the JCB at the end of your fellowship term.) Once your Brown account is activated, you will have access to the wireless network on campus. Instructions on using the Brown Wireless Network may be found on Brown’s Computing and Information Services (CIS) webpage. Your Brown account will give you access to the public computer clusters on campus. The CIS Computing Clusters are public access areas containing Macintosh and Windows computers as well as scanners, printers and data storage devices. Your Brown ID allows you access to the public computer clusters on campus:

The CIT Public Computing Cluster, on the ground floor of the CIT Building at 115 Waterman Street, is the most centrally located facility on campus. Because it is situated in the same building as the Help Desk, many users find it a convenient place to work.
The Rockefeller Library Public Computing Cluster is located on the first and second floors of the Rockefeller Library.
The Sciences Library Public Computing Cluster is located on Level A and the Mezzanine level of the Sciences Library.

The JCB has two computers available for Fellows use outside the Cataloguing Department on the ground floor. Wireless access is available in the Reading Room and throughout most of the Library. Ethernet access is available in the reference stacks (ground floor) and in the assigned office carrels. Personal laptop computers using Ethernet connections can print directly to the JCB printer by installing a valid print drive. Please notify the JCB admin office if you detect problems with our “public” computers or the network printer. Let us know, too, if you are having any prolonged difficulty with wireless service in the Library.

The Brown Help Desk (401-863-4357) is available to assist you with personal computer-related issues.

PUBLICATIONS BY FELLOWS: The Library maintains on its website a list of publications by Fellows based on research done here in whole or part. For many of the journal articles cited in that list, we also have the physical offprint. The JCB collects scholarly offprints selectively. These items are inventoried in the card catalogue under the name of the author, but they are not listed in the online catalogue. The offprints are stored in the Reference Stack area on the ground floor, in alphabetically marked archive boxes. These boxes are located opposite the Machine Room on the same side of the Reference stacks as the Map Room. We also keep an online list of publications by Fellows which are published electronically. We would appreciate hearing from you about any articles you publish as a result of your research here. Please send the information to Adelina Axelrod.