Using the Library

The John Carter Brown Library is pleased to welcome all researchers who need to consult our collections.

Reservations are required for all research visits.

The Reading Room is open to researchers with a reservation  Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 12:45 pm and from 2 pm to 4:45 pm, and Friday from 10am to 12:45 pm.




  • Reservations can be made using this calendar. You can enter your name in the appointment title of any available research shift.  Please place reservations at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Seating is limited, so please contact us as soon as possible regarding cancellations or late arrivals. Unoccupied research slots will be canceled within one half hour of the start of the research shift.
  • Researchers are required to create a research account to use the reading room and to create requests. Please allow one business day to process requests. Same day requests will be processed only as staffing allows.
  • Handling: Reading room staff members will set up and return all research materials. Please follow all handling instructions provided by the staff. We will assist with complex material such as fold outs and provide guidance on handling while photographing items.
  • The JCB supports mask wearing, and is happy to provide masks for those who need one.

Please contact Kim Nusco with any questions about using the library.