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John Hay Library

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Address: 20 Prospect St, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912-9039
Phone Number: 401-863-3723
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Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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 Sarah for the fine presentation and taking the time to set aside some of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Mesa, Arizona
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Mesa, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 exhibit which was unique. The building is impressive and partnering with the University it is... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars 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.

Thank Lynn1950
Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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.

Thank NancyWMorton
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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.

1 Thank Duncan C
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.

1 Thank WSURavi
Queens Village, New York
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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 

2 Thank kschubach
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.

2 Thank Ray F
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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.

2 Thank wilvey
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!

2 Thank foodieme26
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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