Request Materials


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

To search for materials, please visit JOSIAH, the Brown University online catalog. JOSIAH includes records for the entire Brown University Library system; you may restrict your search to items in the John Carter Brown Library by using the Limit search function.

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.

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