If the libraries were pop singers, who would they be?

The age-old question of which dining hall matches up with which rapper has at last been settled. Recently, a new comparison arose in my mind: what about the Brown libraries and pop singers? See below for the final ten pairings. [Ed’s note: We have ten libraries?!]

The Rock = Taylor Swift


“I’ve got a blank space, baby, and I’ll write an essay in absolute quiet.”

The Rock is always there: dependable, eclectic, the “America’s sweetheart” of libraries. It could only possibly be paired with the adorably inane TSwift. Sure, it’s about as easy to complain that you’re spending way too much time at the Rock as you do listening to Taylor. Yes, after a while it begins to seem like they’re both just the same thing over and over, but stay away from either one and you’ll return to find something new and interesting, whether it’s a bloodthirsty new music video or a shelf entirely filled with strange sexual practices across history. In fact, the Rock might even be a bit more predictable than Swift, since you can generally count on the Rock to not have bangs, and to not suddenly remove all of its songs from Spotify. (Side note: They both, permanently or temporarily, reside in Rhode Island.)

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What’s behind the door to one of the biggest magic collections in the world?

If you’ve ever explored around the Hay, you might have noticed a seemingly average door on the second floor. A little plaque marks: “Smith Magic Room.” But upon reaching for the handle, you realize it’s locked.


Recently, I took a tour of the Smith Magic room, a collection of books and paraphernalia donated by alumnus H. Adrian Smith ’30. Smith was an engineering student who paid his way through school by performing as a magician. By 1948, he was elected national president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and had already starting collecting all things magicana. His collection, what amounts to possibly the second largest magic collection in the world, was left to Brown.

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(Campus)Lifehacker: Read almost any book you want for free

Ever wanted to read a book for fun (yes, I said fun) but couldn’t find it in any of Brown’s libraries? Or maybe you just want to get hold of some obscure academic book that will make your paper stand out. In either case, I have great news for you bibliophiles (if you didn’t understand that word, you’re probably not one) you can almost certainly get the book you want, and all it requires is a few clicks:

  1. Go to Josiah (no not that one).
  2. After making sure Brown doesn’t have the book, type the book title in the easyBorrow search bar (image guide below).
  3. That search bar.

    That search bar.

  4. A list of books will pop up. Choose the one you want. You will be taken to the book’s page within the database.
  5. Directly below the basic book information it will say: “You are connected to the Brown University network,” and there is an option “Request This Item.” Click it. (Don’t worry—you’ll incur no additional charges; and that was such a good imitation of University communications).
  6. That’s it! The page might ask you to log into Brown’s network (the username and password you use for Banner), but then you’re done.

When the book arrives, an email will be sent to your Brown email, and the pick-up location will be specified (Rock or SciLi). Just go there, flash your Brown ID, smile widely (or maybe not, that’s a bit creepy) and then go to a secluded corner to cuddle up with your new best friend. Just remember to thank BlogDH for this awesome tip!

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Did you really read Morning Mail? Brown U. Library grants unlimited NYT access to Brown community

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Sure, you thought the University Library was already killing the game with its incredible Instagram and Josiah Carberry hype, but its definitely got more up its sleeve.

Those of you without a New York Times subscription know how frustrating it is to browse the publication’s site and find yourself blocked from consuming more content after only reading a few articles. In a Morning Mail announcement of epic proportions, the University Library informed students and faculty that it would be granting members of the Brown community unlimited online access to the New York Times by way of an exclusive site license (!!!!). OMGame-changer. Your research papers are about to become all the more Times-ly.

Click here for more information about how to access the site license. As for you, Brown Library: You rock. Don’t ever change.