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.


  • The Imposter’s War: The Press, Propaganda and the Newsman who Battled for the Minds of America by Mark Arsenault
  • Are the Arts Essential? by Alberta Arthurs
  • Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces by Margaret Atwood
  • Flower: Exploring the World in Bloom edited by Victoria Clarke
  • Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Took on a World at War by Deborah Cohen
  • Mutinous Women: How French Convicts Became Founding Mothers of the Gulf Coast by Joan DeJean
  • Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation by Andre Dombrowski
  • The Power of Scenery: Frederick Law Olmsted and the Origin of National Parks by Dennis Drabelle
  • Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire by Caroline Elkins
  • The Greatest Invention: A History of the World in Nine Mysterious Scripts by Silvia Ferrara
  • The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order: America and the World in the Free Market Era by Gary Gerstle
  • Villa Albani Torlonia: The Cradle of Neoclassicism by Raniero Gnoli et al
  • Watergate: A New History by Garrett Graff
  • Tiger & Phil: Golf’s Most Fascinating Rivalry by Bob Harig
  • To the Uttermost Ends of the Earth: The Epic Hunt for the South’s Most Feared Ship–And the Greatest Sea Battle of the Civil War by Phil Keith
  • Translating Myself and Others by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Black Ghost of Empire: The Long Death of Slavery and the Failure of Emancipation by Kris Manjapra
  • This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future by Jonathan Martin & Alexander Burns
  • Benjamin Franklin’s Last Bet: The Favorite Founder’s Divisive Death, Enduring Afterlife, and Blueprint for American Prosperity by Michael Meyer
  • The Gardener’s Garden: Inspiration Across Continents and Centuries by Toby Musgrave
  • Making the Modern Artist: Culture, Class and Art-Educational Opportunity in Romantic Britain by Martin Myrone
  • The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness by Meghan O’Rourke
  • Blood and Ruins: The Last Imperial War, 1931-1945 by Richard Overy
  • Along Came Google: A History of Library Digitization by Deanna Marcum & Roger C. Schonfeld
  • The Age of the Strongman: How the Cult of the Leader Threatens Democracy Around the World by Gideon Rachman
  • Looking for the Good War: American Amnesia and the Violent Pursuit of Happiness by Elizabeth D. Samet
  • Architectural Theory. Pioneering Texts on Architecture from the Renaissance to Today edited by Taschen Publishers
  • Synagogues: Marvels of Judaism by Leyla Uluhanli
  • Frida Kahlo: The Masterworks by Roxana Velásquez



  • One Damn Thing After Another: Memoirs of an Attorney General by William Barr
  • Putting the Rabbit in the Hat: A Memoir by Brian Cox
  • Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life by James Curtis
  • Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis
  • Shackleton: The Biography by Ranulph Fiennes
  • The Case of the Married Woman: Caroline Norton and Her Fight for Women’s Justice by Antonia Fraser
  • Hannibal: Rome’s Greatest Enemy by Philip Freeman
  • The Last Bookseller: A Life in the Rare Book Trade by Gary Goodman
  • Queen of Our Times: The Life of Queen Elizabeth II by Robert Hardman
  • Keats: A Brief Life in Nine Poems and One Epitaph by Lucasta Miller
  • The Woman Beyond the Attic: The V.C. Andrews Story by Andrew Neiderman
  • These Precious Days: Essays by Ann Patchett
  • Lorraine Hansberry: The Life Behind A Raisin in the Sun by Charles J. Shields
  • Churchill’s Shadow: The Life and Afterlife of Winston Churchill by Geoffrey Wheatcroft



  • Violeta by Isabel Allende
  • When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East by Quan Barry
  • Her Hidden Genius by Marie Benedict
  • The Caretakers by Amanda Bestor-Siegal
  • Defenestrate by Renée Branum
  • Activities of Daily Living by Lisa Hsiao Chen
  • Groundskeeping by Lee Cole
  • Trust by Hernan Diaz
  • Love & Saffron by Kim Fay
  • Portrait of an Unknown Lady by Maria Gainza
  • Vigil Harbor by Julia Glass
  • The Pages by Hugo Hamilton
  • Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding
  • Tell Me an Ending by Jo Harkin
  • The Other Mother by Rachel M. Harper
  • The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
  • Anthem by Noah Hawley
  • Book Lovers by Emily Henry
  • The Wind Whistling in the Cranes by Lidia Jorge
  • Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim
  • Agatha of Little Neon by Claire Luchette
  • The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher
  • Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Very Cold People by Sarah Manguso
  • The Torqued Man by Peter Mann
  • The Wonders by Elena Medel
  • The Good Son by Jacquelyn Mitchard
  • The Horsewoman by James Patterson & Mike Lupica
  • Hammer by Joe Mungo Reed
  • Lucky Turtle by Bill Roorbach
  • The Great Passion by James Runcie
  • Elektra by Jennifer Saint
  • All Day is a Long Time by David Sanchez
  • The Antarctica of Love by Sara Stridsberg
  • Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt



  • Dream Town by David Baldacci
  • The King Arthur Case by Jean-Luc Bannalec
  • All the Queen’s Men by S.J. Bennett
  • Murder at the Porte de Versailles by Clara Black
  • Wild Irish Rose by Rhys Bowen
  • Shadows Reel by C.J. Box
  • Murder Most Vile by Eric Brown
  • The Match by Harlan Coben
  • The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich
  • Bryant & May: London Bridge is Falling Down by Christopher Fowler
  • Kill Her Twice by Jack Fredrickson
  • When Blood Lies by C.S. Harris
  • Dying Fall by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
  • Dark Horse by Gregg Hurwitz
  • The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. by Lee Kravetz
  • Murder, Sweet Murder by Eleanor Kuhns
  • The Missing Piece by John Lescroart
  • The Rising Tide by Sam Lloyd
  • Robert B. Parker’s Revenge Tour by Mike Lupica
  • Scot Mist by Catriona McPherson
  • From Ladle to Grave by Amy Patricia Meade
  • Death of the Black Widow by James Patterson
  • 22 Seconds by James Patterson
  • Run, Rose, Run by James Patterson & Dolly Parton
  • Steal by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
  • An Impossible Impostor by Deanna Raybourn
  • Abandoned in Death by J.D. Robb
  • A Deadly Bone to Pick by Peggy Rothschild
  • The Investigator by John Sandford
  • The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd
  • Murder on Madison Square by Victoria Thompson
  • City on Fire by Don Winslow

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
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*
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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