Visiting the John Carter Brown Library


The John Carter Brown Library welcomes visiting researchers seeking access to our collections. To arrange your visit, please complete a JCB Visitors Form.

Please note that access to the reading room is by appointment only and that reservations are required for all research visits. Seating is limited, so spaces are reserved for researchers consulting our materials. Please refer to Using the Library for additional information about hours of operation, reservations, and placing requests.

Public Health Commitment and Policies:


The John Carter Brown Library acknowledges the ongoing and shifting conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the interest of the health and safety of our visitors and staff:


  • Please do not visit the Library if you are ill, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or If you are waiting for COVID-19 test results.
  • Masks are required to be properly worn at all times in the reading room and public areas of the Library. 
  • As outlined in Brown University's COVID-19 Campus Safety Policy, visitors to Brown who are engaged in any sustained and consistent in-person contact with other Brown employees, students or visitors are required to be up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Because our researchers spend significant time together in our reading room, we ask all visiting researchers to complete a COVID-19 vaccination attestation form