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John Hay Library in Providence, RI

20 Prospect Street Providence, RI 02906
The John Hay Library of Providence, Rhode Island is located on 20 Prospect Street and is part of the Brown University campus. The library is named after John Hay an alumnus of brown University and a former Secretary of the State. The library was designed and built in the English Renaissance style.The John Hay Library currently houses many special collections of manuscripts, letters, and rare books as well as the university archives. Some of these collections in the John Hay Library came from notable writers and collectors own special collections.

After renovations to the first floor were completed the John Hay Library now has more to offer its patrons including a fully restored reading room, consultation room, exhibition gallery, and research space. The John Hay Library offers eBooks, electronic journals, and access to the university archives and special collections.

Visitors to the area may want to visit the John Hay Library and view the architectural beauty of its design as well as enjoy its relaxing environment. However, please note that not all visitors may be afforded the ability to have access to certain items or borrow books from the library. Library visitors who want to borrow items from the library must check with the library to confirm if they can borrow items as the library only loans books to students of the university or people enrolled in a program that has an arrangement with the library. Visitors not looking to borrow can enjoy the libraries beautiful architecture and may be interested in visiting the nearby Children’s Museum or scenic downtown providence.


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