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.


Redwood Library ILL Lending Policy

The Redwood Library fills requests of circulating materials for OLIS and OCLC libraries. Depending on size and condition, most circulating materials will be sent to requesting libraries. Scans or other reproductions requested through ILL will be assessed and filled based on Fair Use Copyright restrictions. Special Collections materials will not be sent out via ILL, but are available to view in our Reading Room by appointment.


For any questions regarding our ILL Lending Policy, please contact Willa Anderson at


  • American Visions: The United States, 1800-1860 by Edward L. Ayers
  • Judgment at Tokyo: World War II on Trial and the Making of Modern Asia by Gary J. Bass
  • The Burning of the World: The Great Chicago Fire and the War for a City’s Soul by Scott W. Berg
  • Klan War: Ulysses S. Grant and the Battle to Save Reconstruction by Fergus M. Bordewich
  • Founding Partisans: Hamilton, Madison, Jefferson, Adams, and the Brawling Birth of American Politics by H.W. Brands
  • The Upstairs Delicatessen: On Eating, Reading, Reading about Eating, and Eating While Reading by Dwight Garner
  • Flight of the Wasp: The Rise, Fall and Future of America’s Original Ruling Class by Michael Gross
  • Pax: War and Peace in Rome’s Golden Age by Tom Holland
  • Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O’Connell’s Urgent Mission to Bring Healing to Homeless People by Tracy Kidder
  • The Once Upon a Time World: The Dark and Sparkling Story of the French Riviera by Jonathan Miles
  • Upside-Down World: Meetings with the Dutch Masters by Benjamin Moser
  • Ignition: Lighting Fires in a Burning World by M.R. O’Connor
  • The Dictionary People: The Unsung Heroes Who Created the Oxford English Dictionary by Sarah Ogilvie
  • One Fine Day: Britain’s Empire on the Brink by Matthew Parker
  • Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America by Heather Cox Richardson
  • Sailing the Graveyard Sea: The Deathly Voyage of the Somers, the U.S. Navy’s Only Mutiny, and the Trial That Gripped the Nation by Richard Snow
  • Germany 1923: Hyperinflation, Hitler’s Putsch, and Democracy in Crisis by Ullrich Volker
  • Most Delicious Poison: The Story of Nature’s Toxins–From Spices to Vices by Noah Whiteman



  • Young Queens: Three Renaissance Women and the Price of Power by Leah Redmond Chang
  • Larry McMurtry: A Life by Tracy Daugherty
  • King: A Life by Jonathan Eig
  • President Garfield: From Radical to Unifier by C.W. Goodyear
  • August Wilson: A Life by Patti Hartigan
  • American Ramble: A Walk of Memory and Renewal by Neil King
  • The World According to Joan Didion by Evelyn McDonnell
  • A.K.A. Lucy: The Dynamic and Determined Life of Lucille Ball by Sarah Royal
  • George VI and Elizabeth: The Marriage That Saved the Monarchy by Sally Bedell Smith
  • Poor Richard’s Women: Deborah Read Franklin and the Other Women Behind the Founding Father by Nancy Rubin Stuart



  • Tom Clancy’s Command and Control by Marc Cameron
  • The Vicar by A.J. Chambers
  • The General and Julia by Jon Clinch
  • The Madstone by Elizabeth Crook
  • Kennedy 35 by Charles Cumming
  • Day by Michael Cunningham
  • Beyond the Door of No Return by David Diop
  • The Wren, the Wren by Anne Enright
  • The Armor of Light by Ken Follett
  • The Spy Coast by Tess Gerritsen
  • Ana Turns by Lisa Gornick
  • The Last Applicant by Rebecca Hanover
  • Oceans and the Stars: A Sea Story, A War Story, a Love Story by Mark Helprin
  • Pay as You Go by Eskor David Johnson
  • Roman Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Moscow X by David McCloskey
  • Absolution by Alice McDermott
  • The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters
  • Night Watch by Jayne Ann Phillips
  • One Hundred Days by Alice Pung
  • The Caretaker by Ron Rash
  • Monstrilio by Gerardo Samano Cordova
  • Family Meal by Bryan Washington
  • Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead



  • The Edge by David Baldacci
  • Dead on Target by M.C. Beaton
  • Opulence and Ashes by Kate Belli
  • The Proof of the Pudding by Rhys Bowen
  • The Secret by Lee Child & Andrew Child
  • The Golden Gate by Amy Chua
  • Resurrection Walk by Michael Connelly
  • Blood Lines by Nelson DeMille & Alex DeMille
  • Murder in Williamstown by Kerry Greenwood
  • Distant Sons by Tim Johnston
  • A Traitor in Whitehall by Julia Kelly
  • Murder by Degrees by Ritu Mukerji
  • The Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman
  • Murder at Midnight by Katharine Schellman
  • There Should Have Been Eight by Nalini Singh
  • The Killing Room by Robert Swartwood
  • Sunset Empire by Josh Weiss
  • Obsession by Stuart Woods & Brett Battles

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
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

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 a 30 ticket allotment. Most content costs 2 tickets per viewing, while episodic content (including Great Courses) is ticketed and assigned a viewing period based on total running time. Users will see how many tickets a title will use and how long they will have to watch it before pressing play.


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 setting up your account, 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