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Access Services

Lamont Library circulation desk, February 1949

Access Services


Access Services supports the Harvard Library mission by delivering a high standard of service; cultivating a welcoming environment that is supportive of academic research and inquiry; stewarding the university collection; and connecting the academic community to the vast array of library resources.  We support the teaching and scholarly mission of the University through collaborative partnerships with the community of students, scholars and professionals at Harvard and beyond.



Using the Library


Harvard's 70+ libraries primarily serve the University's current faculty, students and researchers who hold valid Harvard ID's. Policies on admittance, borrowing, hours and services vary by library. For more information a specific Harvard library, please visit the individual library page.


    Library Amenities


    The Harvard Library boasts a variety of amenities, including cafes, group study rooms, scanners, printers, and computer labs. Please visit this page to view the amenities at each library.


      Support for Users with Disabilities


      Please find the services available in each library by visiting the individual library pages, which can be found here, and checking the Accessibility section.


        Harvard Depository


        The Harvard Depository is Harvard University Library's archival media storage and retrieval facility. The climate-controlled Depository is a critical resource for students, faculty, staff, and researchers across the University. The off-campus facility provides a strictly regulated media preservation environment, precise inventory-tracking controls, efficient online retrieval ordering, and dependable overnight delivery of materials requested from storage.