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


  • Everyone Who Is Gone Is Here: The United States, Central America, and the Making of a Crisis by Jonathan Blitzer
  • The Believer: A Year in the Fly Fishing Life by David Coggins
  • Supercommunication: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection by Charles DuHigg
  • Muse of Fire: World War I as Seen through the Lives of the Soldier Poets by Michael Korda
  • American Flannel by Steven Kurutz
  • Selling the Dream by Jane Marie
  • Mountains of Fire: The Menace, Meaning, and Magic of Volcanoes by Clive Oppenheimer
  • Catastrophe Ethics: How to Choose Well in a World of Tough Choices by Travis Rieder
  • An Emancipation of the Mind: Radical Philosophy, the War over Slavery, and the Refounding of America by Matthew Stewart
  • The Holocaust: An Unfinished Story by Dan Stone
  • Mortal Secrets: Freud, Vienna, and the Discovery of the Modern Mind by Frank Tallis
  • The Bishop and the Butterfly: Murder, Politics, and the End of the Jazz Age by Michael Wolraich



  • Briefly Perfectly Human: Making an Authentic Life by Getting Real About the End by Alua Arthur
  • Get the Picture: A Mind-Bending Journey among the Inspired Artists and Obsessive Art Fiends Who Taught Me How to See by Bianca Bosker
  • Carson McCullers: A Life by Mary V. Dearborn
  • Drive: The Lasting Legacy of Tiger Woods by Bob Harig
  • A Gardener at the End of the World by Margot Anne Kelley
  • Charlie Hustle: The Rise and Fall of Pete Rose, and the Last Glory Days of Baseball by Keith O’Brien



  • The Hidden Life of Cecily Larson by Ellen Baker
  • Paper Cage by Tom Baragwanath
  • The Divorcees by Rowan Beaird
  • The Garden by Clare Beams
  • The Deepest Kill by Lisa Black
  • The Tower by Flora Carr
  • Sharpe’s Command by Bernard Cornwell
  • Clear by Carys Davies
  • I Cheerfully Refuse by Leif Enger
  • James by Percival Everett
  • Piglet by Lottie Hazell
  • The Alternatives by Caoilinn Hughes
  • My Beloved Life by Amitava Kumar
  • Leave No Trace: A National Parks Thriller by A.J. Landau
  • A Plague on Both Your Houses by Robert Littell
  • All Our Yesterdays: A Novel of Lady Macbeth by Joel Morris
  • The Rumor Game by Thomas Mullen
  • Parasol Against the Axe by Helen Oyeyemi
  • I Am Rome by Santiago Posteguillo
  • The Truth About the Devlins by Lisa Scottoline
  • Perris, California by Rachel Stark
  • Table for Two by Amor Towles
  • The House of Broken Bricks by Fiona Williams



  • Murder at la Villette by Cara Black
  • In Sunshine or in Shadow by Rhys Bowen and Clare Broyles
  • Three-Inch Teeth by C.J. Box
  • Knife Skills by Wendy Church
  • Twice the Trouble by Ash Clifton
  • Radiant Heat by Sarah-Jane Collins
  • Cape Rage by Ron Corbett
  • End of Story by A.J. Finn
  • Still See You Everywhere by Lisa Gardner
  • Watch Where They Hide: A Jordan Manning Novel by Tamron Hall
  • What Cannot Be Said by C.S. Harris
  • The Stars Turned Inside Out by Nova Jacobs
  • A Step Past Darkness by Vera Kurian
  • Kingpin by Mike Lawson
  • A Midnight Puzzle: A Secret Staircase Novel by Gigi Pandian
  • Crosshairs by James Patterson
  • The #1 Lawyer by James Patterson
  • The Sicilian Inheritance by Jo Piazza
  • A Grave Robbery by Deanna Raybourn
  • Listen for the Lie by Amy Tintera
  • The Road to Murder by Camilla Trinchieri
  • The New Couple in 5b by Lisa Unger
  • City in Ruins 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
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