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


  • The Lego Story: How a Little Toy Sparked the World’s Imagination by Jens Andersen
  • Holding the Line: Inside the Nation’s Preeminent US Attorney’s Office and Its Battle with the Trump Justice Department by Geoffrey Berman
  • The Last Campaign: Sherman, Geronimo and the War for America by H.W. Brands
  • The Fight for Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity, and Love in the Digital Age by Danielle Keats Citron
  • The Hermes Scarf: History & Mystique by Nadine Coleno
  • At Home on the Water by Jaci Conry
  • Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad by Matthew F. Delmont
  • Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century by J. Bradford DeLong
  • China After Mao: The Rise of a Superpower by Frank Dikötter
  • Straits: Beyond the Myth of Magellan by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
  • The Story of Russia by Orlando Figes
  • Wild New World: The Epic Story of Animals and People in America by Dan Flores
  • The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy by Anand Giridharadas
  • The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family by Kerri K. Greenidge
  • Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage by Rachel Gross
  • Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America by Maggie Haberman
  • Orchid Muse: A History of Obsession in Fifteen Flowers by Erica Hannickel
  • The Abyss: Nuclear Crisis Cuba 1962 by Max Hastings
  • Brave Hearted: The Women of the American West by Katie Hickman
  • Joan Didion: What She Means by Als Hilton
  • American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis by Adam Hochschild
  • The Harvest of War: Marathon, Thermopylae, and Salamis: The Epic Battles That Saved Democracy by Stephen Kershaw
  • Botticelli’s Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance by Jospeh Luzzi
  • Patina Modern: A Guide to Designing Warm, Timeless Interiors by Chris Mitchell and Pilar Guzman
  • Indivisible: Daniel Webster and the Birth of American Nationalism by Joel Richard Paul
  • The Measure of Man: Liberty, Virtue, and Beauty in the Florentine Renaissance by Lawrence Rothfield
  • The Story of Architecture by Witold Rybczynski
  • Liberation Day: Stories by George Saunders
  • At the Artisan’s Table by Jane Schulak, Kathleen Hackett and Aaron Delesie
  • The Last Baron: The Paris Kidnapping that Brought Down an Empire by Tom Sancton
  • Botanical Entanglements: Women, Natural Science and the Arts in Eighteenth-Century England by Anna K. Segal
  • Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers by Emma Smith
  • Tutankhamun’s Trumpet: Ancient Egypt in 100 Objects from the Boy-King’s Tomb by Toby Wilkinson



  • The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym by Paula Byrne
  • On Every Tide: The Making and Remaking of the Irish World by Sean Connolly
  • My Travels with Mrs. Kennedy by Clint Hill & Lisa McCubbin Hill
  • Yellen: The Trailblazing Economist Who Navigated an Era of Upheaval by Jon Hilsenrath
  • Arthur Miller: American Witness by John Lahr
  • Sister Novelists: The Trailblazing Porter Sisters, Who Paved the Way for Austen and the Brontes by Devoney Looser
  • The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir by Paul Newman
  • Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life by Brigitta Olubas
  • The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams by Stacy Schiff
  • Crassus: The First Tycoon by Peter Stothard
  • Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendship by Nina Totenberg
  • Hilma Af Klint: A Biography by Julia Voss



  • Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese
  • The Winners by Fredrik Backman
  • The Magic Kingdom by Russell Banks
  • Mr. Wilder and Me by Jonathan Coe
  • Clive Cussler: the Sea Wolves by Jack Du Brul
  • The Lindbergh Nanny by Mariah Fredericks
  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  • Robert Ludlum’s The Blackbriar Genesis by Simon Gervais
  • The Women Could Fly by Megan Giddings
  • The Revivalists by Christopher M. Hood
  • They’re Going to Love You by Meg Howrey
  • Trespasses by Louise Kennedy
  • The Night Ship by Jess Kidd
  • Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Gilded Mountain by Kate Manning
  • The Hero of This Book by Elizabeth McCracken
  • Dinosaurs by Lydia Millet
  • We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman
  • Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult
  • We Spread by Iain Reid
  • A Map for the Missing by Belinda Huijuan Tang
  • Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm by Laura Warrell



  • Marple: Twelve New Mysteries by Naomi Alderman et al
  • The Wheel of Doll by Jonathan Ames
  • Double Exposure by Ava Barry
  • Treachery on Tenth Street by Kate Belli
  • Peril in Paris by Rhys Bowen
  • Treasure State: A Cassie Dewell Novel by C.J. Box
  • The House in the Orchard by Elizabeth Brooks
  • Ghost Town by Kevin Chen
  • No Plan B: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child & Andrew Child
  • Desert Star by Michael Connelly
  • Reckoning: An FBI Thriller by Catherine Coulter
  • Racing the Light by Robert Crais
  • Hunting Time by Jeffery Deaver
  • The Complicities by Stacey D’Erasmo
  • Forsaken Country by Allan Eskens
  • Going Rogue by Janet Evanovich
  • The Socialite’s Guide to Murder by S. K. Golden
  • The Marsh Queen by Virginia Hartman
  • The Cloisters by Katy Hays
  • The Twist of a Knife by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Merchant Murderers by Michael Jecks
  • Hell and Back: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson
  • Back to the Garden by Laurie R. King
  • The Poison Machine by Robert J. Lloyd
  • Mother Daughter Traitor Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Heat 2 by Michael Mann and Meg Gardiner
  • The Bequest by Joanna Margaret
  • Death on a Winter Stroll by Francine Mathews
  • Fall Guy: A Joe Gunther Novel by Archer Mayor
  • 1989 by Val McDermid
  • Murder at the Majestic Hotel by Clara McKenna
  • Anywhere You Run by Wanda M. Morris
  • The Resemblance by Lauren Nossett
  • No Strangers Here: A Riveting Dark Irish Mystery by Carlene O’Connor
  • Swann’s War by Michael Oren
  • The Perfect Assassin by James Patterson
  • Triple Cross by James Patterson
  • World of Curiosities by Louise Penny
  • A Heart Full of Headstones: An Inspector Rebus Novel by Ian Rankin
  • Sinister Graves by Marcie R. Rendon
  • Murder in Westminster by Vanessa Riley
  • Lavender House by Lev Ac Rosen
  • A Death in Door County by Annelise Ryan
  • Death on a Deadline by Joyce St. Anthony
  • To Kill a Troubadour: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel by Martin Walker

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

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 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