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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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Great Historic Site

Exciting Piece Of Providence History, oldest libray in North America. Well worth a visit. Beautifully preserved and functional.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2015
Duncan C
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Charlotttetown
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Tacoma, Washington
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did enjoy the military toy soldiers displayed on the top floor. Surprisingly. But the elevator wasn't working, we couldn't see the stacks. The librarians weren't very interested in helping us.

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Charlotttetown
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Exciting Piece Of Providence History, oldest libray in North America. Well worth a visit. Beautifully preserved and functional.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This is an excellent library to visit. When you do, check out the new reading room. It is amazing. They usually have different historical exhibits. Enjoy your visit.

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Queens Village, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

If you are a Lovecraft fan, than this library is a must. If you are not a Lovecraft fan, than this library is a must. This is a beautifully laid out, modern library on the Brown University campus. Of course, one of the things this library is known for is having the world's largest collection of H. P. Lovecraft's original... More 

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Pleasant Hill, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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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Thank IrvingBrown
Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
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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