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.

NONFICTION

  • The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans by Cynthia Barnett
  • Sidecountry: Tales of Death and Life from the Back Roads of Sports by John Branch
  • The Orphans of Davenport: Eugenics, the Great Depression, and the War Over Children’s Intelligence by Marilyn Brookwood
  • The War Beat, Pacific: The American Media at War Against Japan by Steven Casey
  • An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination by Sheera Frenkel & Cecilia Kang
  • The Battle of Rhode Island in 1778: The Official British View as Reported in the London Gazette by John B. Hattendorf
  • The Letters of Shirley Jackson edited by Laurence Jackson Hyman
  • The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer by Dean Jobb
  • The Belle Époque: A Cultural History, Paris and Beyond by Dominique Kalifa
  • The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge, and the Phoenix Park Murders that Stunned Victorian England by Julie Kavanagh
  • The Quiet Zone: Unraveling the Mystery of a Town Suspended in Silence by Stephen Kurczy
  • Aristotle: From Antiquity to the Modern Era by Benjamin Morison & Barbara Scalvini
  • Cheyenne Summer: The Battle of Beecher Island: A History by Terry Mort
  • The Soul of Genius: Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and the Meeting that Changed the Course of Science by Jeffrey Orens
  • The Hero’s Way: Walking with Garibaldi from Rome to Ravenna by Tim Parks
  • Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness by Kristen Radtke
  • The Brilliant Abyss: Exploring the Majestic Hidden Life of the Deep Ocean and the Looming Threat that Imperils It by Helen Scales
  • Let the Record Show: A Political History of Act Up New York, 1987-1993 by Sarah Schulman
  • The Man Who Hated Women: Sex, Censorship, & Civil Liberties in the Gilded Age by Amy Sohn
  • The Florentines: From Dante to Galileo: The Transformation of Western Civilization by Paul Strathern

 

BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

  • Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Child by Cheryl Diamond
  • An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen by Peter L.W. Osnos
  • Pastoral Song: A Farmer’s Journey by James Rebanks
  • Till the End by CC Sabathia
  • Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea by Edith Widder, Ph.D.
  • Pessoa: A Biography by Richard Zenith

 

FICTION 

  • All’s Well by Mona Awad
  • The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray
  • Embassy Wife by Katie Crouch
  • Ghost Forest by Pik-Shuen Fung
  • The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
  • Something New Under the Sun by Alexander Kleeman
  • Agatha of Little Neon by Claire Luchette
  • Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
  • The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
  • Malibu rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Nine Lives by Danielle Steele
  • Black Ice by Brad Thor

 

MYSTERY

  • An Ambush of Widows by Jeff Abbott
  • The Heathens by Ace Atkins
  • The Husbands by Chandler Baker
  • Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby
  • The Bourne Treachery by Brian Freeman
  • A Good Day for Chardonnay by Darynda Jones
  • Billy Summers by Stephen King
  • Not A Happy Family by Shari Lapena
  • Unthinkable by Brad Parks
  • Silence in the Library by Katherine Schellman
  • False Witness by Karin Slaughter
  • An Irish Hostage by Charles Todd
  • Class Act by Stuart Woods

Circulating Periodicals

 

America: The Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture
American Ancestors
American Gardener
Antiques*
Architectural Digest
Art in America
Art New England
Atlantic Monthly
Boston Globe & Magazine
Boston Magazine
Britain
Consumer Reports
Cooks Illustrated
Cruising World*
Down East
Early American Life*
Economist
Esquire
Financial Times
Fine Gardening*
Food & Wine
Forbes
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*
Newsweek
Old-House Journal*
Power Ships
Preservation*
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
Smithsonian
Spectator
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
Vogue
Wall Street Journal & Magazine
Yachting
Yankee

 

*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.

 

Kanopy

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 redwood@redwoodlibrary.org

 

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

cards@redwoodlibrary.org or call (401) 847-0292