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John Hay Library

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20 Prospect St, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912-9039
+1 401-863-3723
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Used for many years, for Harris Poetry & 17C History of Science

For the last thirty years, I've used this every year or two. First, for my paper on lunar mapping... read more

Reviewed September 13, 2016
Jim J
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Portland, Maine
Another Lovely Piece of American History

We were here on a private tour to see some of H. P. Lovecraft's letters. We thank Christopher and... read more

Reviewed June 25, 2016
2Travelers43
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Mesa, Arizona
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Sep 13, 2016
“Used for many years, for Harris Poetry & 17C History of Science”
Jun 25, 2016
“Another Lovely Piece of American History”
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Reviewed September 13, 2016

For the last thirty years, I've used this every year or two. First, for my paper on lunar mapping in the 17C, which Archibald MacLeish called "better than academic." See my Harvard Astrophysics talk: google "Giordano BrunoHarvard video."

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Reviewed June 25, 2016

We were here on a private tour to see some of H. P. Lovecraft's letters. We thank Christopher and Sarah for the fine presentation and taking the time to set aside some of the interest they have in preservation. We also viewed the toy soldier...More

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Reviewed April 10, 2016

The John Hay Library at Brown University is the second oldest library on the campus. The building is as impressive as the collection it holds.

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Reviewed January 28, 2016

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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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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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.

1  Thank WSURavi
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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...More

2  Thank kschubach
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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.

2  Thank RayF237
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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.

2  Thank wilvey
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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...More

2  Thank foodieme26
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