Request Materials in the Reading Room

To request materials, first-time users must create a JCB AEON account. Users place requests through this online circulation system.

We ask for at least one business day to process requests for materials. Same day requests will be retrieved only as staffing allows.

Brown id holders can request materials directly from the online catalogue. Researchers without a Brown id can log into their JCB AEON account, select “New Request,” and enter the information from the online catalogue into the form provided. Additional information about searching the online catalogue is available at the JCB Search Home.

To search for materials, please visit JCB Online Catalogue (BruKnow). 

Users will not find the print collection, the manuscript/codices collection, or the archive collection in the online catalog. These materials, and a small portion of the printed book collection (about 10 to 15%), are accessible only through the Library’s onsite card catalogs and print resources. 

Our larger manuscript collections, such as the Brown family business records (ca. 1735- 1914) and the John Russell Bartlett papers (ca. 1832-1886) can be researched through printed finding aids, or increasingly, through the Rhode Island Archival and Manuscript Collections Online database (RIAMCO).

Over 15,000 maps, illustrations, and political cartoons are available at LUNA Image Archive, and over 10,000 books can be found at Internet Archive.

If you are searching maps, we recommend you to read this short introduction to the JCB Map Classification, and use the advanced search feature on our online catalogue to search by Call Number.

Please contact with questions about requesting material that is not represented in the online catalogue.