Circulating Collections

The Original Collection of 751 titles has grown into Circulating and Special Collections containing more than 200,000 volumes.

Our diverse collections reflect the continuing tastes and interests of our membership community since its inception in 1747.

Since our founding in 1747, the Redwood Library has developed Circulating Collections of over 100,000 books, periodicals, and audio-visual materials. This includes new releases in fiction, mystery, and nonfiction, as well as works supporting our Special Collections and the interests of our community.


Thanks to the generosity of our donors and members, we have developed a number of smaller collections within our circulating library devoted to special topics such as gardening, architectural preservation, colonial and neoclassical architecture, decorative and fine arts, children’s and young adult literature, yachting, poetry, and more. These collections include:


  • Doris Duke Preservation Collection
  • Dorrance H. Hamilton Garden Book Collection
  • Gewirz Young Adult Collection
  • Greenvale Poetry Collection
  • Museum of Yachting Collection


Explore our online catalog!


Is there something we’re missing? See our Request a New Book form below to recommend a title for our shelves.

How to Search the Redwood Catalog


Important Note! When searching for items, please use both the online catalog as well as the in-house card catalog. Please be aware, our card catalog may not be completely up to date. If you only search the card catalog, you are missing newer titles; if you only search the online catalog, you are missing older titles. If you are unfamiliar with the card catalog, please don’t hesitate to ask our front desk staff for assistance.


On-Line Catalog Tips and Tricks:

• To place holds, renew items and review your account, log-in with your user name and password.

• To confirm your username and password, please call the circulation desk at 401-847-0292.

• Use advanced search to limit by date, format and collections.

•If you would like to place a request for a recently released book we do not own, use our Request a New Book form.

Request a New Book


If there is an upcoming or recently released title you would like to see at the Redwood, use this REQUEST FORM to recommend it for our collections. Please fill out as much information on the form as possible.


Members can also use Interlibrary Loan to request an item as a temporary loan from another institution. For more information about this service, please see the Interlibrary Loan tab.

Interlibrary Loan Policy for Redwood Library Members


For current members, the Redwood Library & Athenaeum can obtain items which the library does not hold in its collections through both in-state and out-of-state interlibrary loan requests. These requests may be for books, audio-visual materials, journal articles, and any other circulating material generally expected to be held in collections of cooperating libraries.


To request a item please use our ILL FORM.


Who may use Interlibrary Loan?

Members of the Redwood may place an interlibrary loan request. There is no guarantee that requests will be filled, but every reasonable effort will be made to obtain requested items on a timely and free basis. Members will be informed of the status of their loans if the item is proving difficult to obtain.


How do I request an item from another library?

To make an interlibrary loan request please speak to the staff member at the circulation desk or fill out this ILL FORM.

Please supply as much information as possible (author, title, publication date, etc.) and either a phone number or email address.

Requests without contact information CANNOT BE PROCESSED.


How much does the service cost?

Generally, ILL items will be sent at no charge between libraries; however, there may be instances where the lending library may charge a fee for lending or duplicating materials. If the patron is willing to pay for the requested materials, they must do so before the materials are sent. Under no circumstances will the Redwood pay the interlibrary loan charges on behalf of a member.


When will I get my books?

Interlibrary loan requests will be filled as quickly as possible. Turnaround time varies depending upon the lending library and materials requested. Patrons will be notified by telephone or email when their materials arrive at the library.


When are interlibrary loan books due? Are there late fees?

Loan periods and late fees are set by the lending library. Generally, loan periods range from 2-4 weeks. Members keeping items past the due date are responsible for all late fines set by the lending library.

Please note that ILL materials are subject to recall by the lending library at any time.


What is the renewal policy?

Renewal policies are also determined by the lending library. Please request a renewal before the initial loan period is up. This allows us ample time to contact the library and receive their reply before the item must be returned.


Where do I return materials?

Please return interlibrary loan materials at the circulation desk or in the book drop if the library is closed.


  • Mapping America: The Incredible Story and Stunning Hand-Colored Maps and Engravings that Created the United States by Neal Asbury and Jean-Pierre Isbouts
  • Water: A Biography by Giulio Boccaletti
  • The Orphans of Davenport: Eugenics, the Great Depression, and the War Over Children’s Intelligence by Marilyn Brookwood
  • Make Good the Promises: Reclaiming Reconstruction and Its Legacies edited by Kinshasha Holman Conwill & Paul Gardullo
  • Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe
  • The Trail to Kanjiroba: Rediscovering Earth in an Age of Loss by William deBuys
  • New Women in the Old West: From Settlers to Suffragists, An Untold American Story by Winifred Gallagher
  • Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire by Lizzie Johnson
  • The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge, and the Phoenix Park Murders that Stunned Victorian England by Julie Kavanagh
  • The Barcelona Complex: Lionel Messi and the Making – and Unmaking – of the World’s Greatest Soccer Club by Simon Kuper
  • The Quiet Zone: Unraveling the Mystery of a Town Suspended in Silence by Stephen Kurczy
  • The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson by Robert S. Levine
  • The American War in Afghanistan: A History by Carter Malkasian
  • Tunnel 29: The True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall by Helena Merriman
  • Tall Men, Short Shorts: The 1969 NBA Finals: Wilt, Russ, Lakers, Celtics, and a Very Young Sports Reporter by Leigh Montville
  • Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America by Eyal Press
  • The Poet and the Publisher: The Case of Alexander Pope, Esp., of Twickenham versus Edmund Curll, Bookseller in Grub Street by Pat Rogers
  • About Time: A History of Civilzation in Twelve Clocks by David Rooney
  • Let the Record Show: A Political History of Act Up New York, 1987-1993 by Sarah Schulman
  • Copley and West in England, 1775-1815 by Allen Staley
  • The International Brigades: Fascism, Freedom and The Spanish Civil War by Giles Tremlett



  • Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement by Tarana Burke
  • All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler by Rebecca Donner
  • Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution by Mike Duncan
  • El Chapo: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Infamous Drug Lord by Noah Hurowitz
  • An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen by Peter L.W. Osnos
  • Alpha: Eddie Gallagher and the War for the Soul of the Navy SEALs by David Philipps
  • Pastoral Song: A Farmer’s Journey by James Rebanks
  • Two-Way Mirror: The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning by Fiona Sampson
  • Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea by Edith Widder, Ph.D.



  • What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad
  • All’s Well by Mona Awad
  • The Women of Troy by Pat Barker
  • Inseparable by Simone de Beauvoir
  • Martita, I Remember You / Martita, te Recuerdo by Sandra Cisneros
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
  • The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
  • The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers
  • Intimacies Katie Kitamura
  • Something New Under the Sun by Alexander Kleeman
  • Agatha of Little Neon by Claire Luchette
  • Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
  • The Bachelor by Andrew Palmer
  • The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
  • West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge
  • Nine Lives by Danielle Steele
  • The Archer by Shruti Swamy
  • The Magician by Colm Tóibín
  • Black Ice by Brad Thor
  • Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
  • Harrow by Joy Williams



  • The Husbands by Chandler Baker
  • Another Kind of Eden by James Burke
  • Godspeed by Nickolas Butler
  • The King of Infinite Space by Lyndsay Faye
  • The Bourne Treachery by Brian Freeman
  • Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara
  • A Good Day for Chardonnay by Darynda Jones
  • Billy Summers by Stephen King
  • Not A Happy Family by Shari Lapena
  • Red Traitor by Owen Matthews
  • The Dark Remains by William McIlvanney & Ian Rankin
  • Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Unthinkable by Brad Parks
  • The Noise by James Patterson & J.D. Parker
  • The Jailhouse Lawyer by James Patterson & Nancy Allen
  • Tokyo Redux by David Peace
  • The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
  • Bloodless by Preston & Child
  • False Witness by Karin Slaughter
  • Class Act by Stuart Woods

Circulating Periodicals


America: The Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture
American Ancestors
American Gardener
Architectural Digest
Art in America
Art New England
Atlantic Monthly
Boston Globe & Magazine
Boston Magazine
Consumer Reports
Cooks Illustrated
Cruising World*
Down East
Early American Life*
Financial Times
Fine Gardening*
Food & Wine
Foreign Affairs
Gardens Illustrated*
Harpers Bazaar
Harpers Magazine
Harvard Business Review
Harvard Health Letter
History News
History Today
Horticulture – Magazine of American Gardening
House Beautiful*
Jamestown Press
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Lapham’s Quarterly
Literary Review
Mid Mod Treasures
National Geographic
Naval War College Review
New England Historical & Genealogical Register*
New England Home
New York
New York Review of Books
New York Times
New York Times Book Review
New York Times Magazine
New York Times Style Magazine
New Yorker
Newport Daily News*
Newport Harbor Guide
Newport History: Journal of the Newport Historical Society*
Newport Life Magazine*
Old-House Journal*
Power Ships
Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute
Providence Journal
Report from Newport: Salve Regina University Magazine
Rhode Island History*
Rhode Island Monthly
Sailing World
Saturday Evening Post
Sea History
The Green Light: Bulletin of the Point Association of Newport, RI*
The Times of the Rhode Island Historical Society
TIME Magazine
TLS: the Times Literary Supplement
Town & Country
Vanity Fair
Wall Street Journal & Magazine


*We also hold back issues of these periodicals in either our Circulating or Special Collections

cloudLibrary eBooks and eMagazines

Redwood Library members can download the cloudLibrary app by searching in the Apple App Store or Google Play OR going to “get the app” in the dropdown menu on cloudLibrary’s homepage. Login using the same ID and Pin you use to access your account in our catalog.



Members can now watch over 26,000 titles through the Kanopy streaming service. Each month, members are given 10 credits for films, 2 additional credits for Kanopy’s Great Courses titles, and unlimited plays on Kanopy Kids. Download the Kanopy app from the Apple App Store or Google Play for mobile viewing. Members will need their full library card number in order to make an account. If you have any trouble logging in, please contact


Naxos Music Library

Our members have access to the music streaming service, Naxos Music Library. You can listen on your PC from or download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Please contact the front desk to access login information.


Sanborn Maps

Redwood members have to access over 660,000 maps of more than 12,000 American towns and cities from 1867 to 1970 in electronic form through the Sanborn Digital Maps database. Please contact the front desk to access login information.

Have questions about our Circulating Collections or searching the catalog?

Please contact the front desk for more information at or call (401) 847-0292