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:
Is there something we’re missing? See our Request a New Book form below to recommend a title for our shelves.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
America: The Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture
Art in America
Art New England
Boston Globe & Magazine
Early American Life
Food & Wine
Harvard Business Review
Harvard Health Letter
Horticulture – Magazine of American Gardening
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Mid Mod Treasures
Naval War College Review
New England Historical & Genealogical Register*
New England Home
New York Review of Books
New York Times
New York Times Book Review
New York Times Magazine
New York Times Style Magazine
Newport Daily News
Newport Harbor Guide
Newport History: Journal of the Newport Historical Society*
Newport Life Magazine*
Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute
Report from Newport: Salve Regina University Magazine
Rhode Island History*
Rhode Island Monthly
Saturday Evening Post
The Green Light: Bulletin of the Point Association of Newport, RI*
The Times of the Rhode Island Historical Society
TLS: the Times Literary Supplement
Town & Country
Wall Street Journal & Magazine
*We also hold back issues of these periodicals in either our Circulating or Special Collections
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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