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John Hay Library

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Address: 20 Prospect Street, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912
Phone Number: 401-863-3723
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Amazing library

John Hay Library has incredible collections and the helpful and welcoming librarians make it a pleasure to visit. There is a small display case in the lobby with a rotating... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2012
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Pleasant Hill, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

After reading the new Biography by John Taliaferro (an excellent biography) I wanted to see the Sargeant painting located in the library. Be aware the library is being renovated for 9 months.

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Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

John Hay Library has incredible collections and the helpful and welcoming librarians make it a pleasure to visit. There is a small display case in the lobby with a rotating exhibit for casual visitors (i.e., not there on a research visit) to enjoy.

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

We got to see so much greatness here....Collections of toy soldiers, Lincoln and Napoleon Memorabilia, Stamps, and a Slavery exhibit. You should definitely go and arrange for a tour. So overwhelmed with what we saw. We really want to go again. Walk around the campus too. Lovely!

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Providence, Rhode Island
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The John Hay, Library which is named after a friend of Henry James who was the first modern US Secretary of State, is a stately, somewhat boring marble faced edifice that houses the university's main special collections, collections, however, which are far from being in the league of those at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Texas, and so on. Not much of... More 

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

Nice place to visit if you're doing research on American history.

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

We dropped into the Hay Library while visiting Brown University. The staff at the desk was so friendly and helpful! We went up to the top floor to see the toy soldier collection. I've never been interested in toy soldiers before, but this collection was large and extraordinary. I was quite caught up in the lovely little display of WWII... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

I love the marble building of this library as well as the comfortable interior. It is not crowded so it is a great place to study when they are open. I find their schedule to be quite limited.

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Corvallis, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

I stopped in to study, the lady at the desk was very welcoming and even let me borrow a quarter so I could put my things in a locker. The windows are large and let a ton of sunlight into the reading room.

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Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011

If you love history and books and old manuscripts, you'll love this library! This is a research library so stacks are closed but but there's plenty to see. This library is Brown University's Special Collections library. Contrary to what the previous reviewer said, it's easy to get in. There are two exhibit rooms inside the front entrance and more exhibits... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2009

They don't let just anyone in here, so don't expect to just hop in and start checking out on-of-a-kind texts. I went on the Providence Ghost Tour, and after having tried to get in without success, learned a lot about this building on their tour. Beautiful location, beautiful building, amazing contents. On a lovely street corner and in walking distance... More 

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Additional Information about John Hay Library

Address: 20 Prospect Street, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912
Phone Number: 401-863-3723
Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Providence>  > College Hill
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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