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


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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.


  • Innovation: The History of England Volume VI by Peter Ackroyd
  • Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern by Mary Beard
  • Water: A Biography by Giulio Boccaletti
  • The First Shots: The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine by Brendan Borrell
  • Atlas of the Invisible: Maps and Graphics That Will Change How You See the World by James Cheshire & Oliver Uberti
  • Lightning Down: A World War II Story of Survival by Tom Clavin
  • The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World by Linda Colley
  • Make Good the Promises: Reclaiming Reconstruction and Its Legacies edited by Kinshasha Holman Conwill & Paul Gardullo
  • Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern by Charles Dellheim
  • The Blue Age: How the US Navy Created Global Prosperity — And Why We’re in Danger of Losing It by Gregg Easterbrook
  • The Cause: The American Revolution and Its Discontents by Joseph J. Ellis
  • Cuba: An American History by Ada Ferrer
  • Nazis of Copley Square: The Forgotten Story of the Christian Front by Charles Gallagher
  • The Mirror and the Palette: Rebellion, Revolution and Resilience: Five Hundred Years of Women’s Self Portraits by Jennifer Higgie
  • Liberty is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution by Woody Holton
  • Island Infernos: The US Army’s Pacific War Odyssey, 1944 by John C. McMannus
  • The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menard
  • Our Own Worst Enemy by Tom Nichols
  • The Library: A Fragile History by Andrew Pettegree & Arthur der Weduwen
  • From Warsaw with Love: Polish Spies, the CIA, and the Forging of an Unlikely Alliance by John Pomfret
  • The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III by Andrew Roberts
  • The Heroine with 1001 Faces by Maria Tatar
  • The Amur River: Between Russia and China by Colin Thubron
  • Eight Days in May: The Final Collapse of the Third Reich by Volker Ullrich
  • Trillions: How a Band of Wall Street Renegades Invented the Index Fund and Changed Finance Forever by Robin Wigglesworth
  • American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008-2020 by George F. Will
  • Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood
  • Peril by Bob Woodward



  • Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age by Debby Applegate
  • Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement by Tarana Burke
  • Robert E. Lee: A Life by Allen C. Guelzo
  • Poet Warrior: A Memoir by Joy Harjo
  • The Radical Potter: The Life and Times of Josiah Wedgwood by Tristram Hunt
  • Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer by Kate Clifford Larson
  • The Correspondents: Six Women Writers on the Front Lines of World War II by Judith Mackrell
  • On Animals by Susan Orlean
  • Alpha: Eddie Gallagher and the War for the Soul of the Navy SEALs by David Philipps
  • A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020) by David Sedaris
  • Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit
  • The Young H.G. Wells: Changing the World by Claire Tomalin



  • The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom
  • Inseparable by Simone de Beauvoir
  • The Ballad of Laurel Springs by Janet Beard
  • Child of Light by Terry Brooks
  • What Storm, What Thunder by Myriam J. A. Chancy
  • Skinship: Stories by Yoon Choi
  • Martita, I Remember You / Martita, te Recuerdo by Sandra Cisneros
  • The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
  • Never by Ken Follett
  • Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen
  • The Judge’s List by John Grisham
  • Matrix by Lauren Groff
  • Three Rooms by Jo Hamya
  • The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
  • The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
  • Palmares by Gayl Jones
  • The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley
  • Five Tuesdays in Winter: Stories by Lily King
  • Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
  • Agatha of Little Neon by Claire Luchette
  • The Mad Women’s Ball by Victoria Mas
  • 1979: An Allie Burns Novel by Val McDermid
  • Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor
  • The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki
  • Bewilderment by Richard Powers
  • Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
  • Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
  • Our Country Friend by Gary Shteyngart
  • The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling
  • The Butler by Danielle Steele
  • Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Archer by Shruti Swamy
  • Fight Night by Miriam Toews
  • The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
  • Harrow by Joy Williams
  • Still Life by Sarah Winman
  • Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Stories by Wilma Wolitzer



  • April in Spain by John Banville
  • Betrayal on the Bowery by Kate Belli
  • God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen by Rhys Bowen
  • The Fragile Edge by Suzanne Chazin
  • The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves
  • State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton & Louise Penny
  • The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly
  • Enemy at the Gates by Vince Flynn
  • These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall
  • A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins
  • A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Burning by Jonathan Kellerman & Jesse Kellerman
  • Murder at Wakehurst by Alyssa Maxwell
  • Marked Man by Archer Mayor
  • The Dark Remains by William McIlvanney & Ian Rankin
  • Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
  • The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
  • 2 Sisters Detective Agency by James Patterson
  • The Jailhouse Lawyer by James Patterson & Nancy Allen
  • Bloodless by Preston & Child
  • Death at Greenway by Lori Rader-Day
  • Forgotten in Death by J.D. Robb
  • The Last Mona Lisa by Jonathan Santlofer
  • Miss Kopp Investigates by Amy Stewart
  • A Perfect Bind by Dorothy St. James
  • The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
  • Class Act by Stuart Woods
  • Foul Play 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

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Naxos Music Library

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Have questions about our Circulating Collections or searching the catalog?

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