Closed for Renovations but Not for Research

An architect's rendering of the Library's new gallery spaceAn architect's rendering of the Library's new gallery space

The physical site of the Schlesinger may be shuttered for structural renovations until September 2019, but eager users need not worry: its holdings will still be available during the building’s closing. Researchers may access the Library’s collections by appointment in a temporary reading room located in Fay House, in Radcliffe Yard.

Because all collections are stored off-site and seating in the temporary reading room is limited, visitors must provide at least 48 hours’ advance notice. Want to schedule a visit? Please submit an appointment request using the form found at the URL below.

The Logistics of Moving a Library 

Preparing an institution like the Schlesinger for a large-scale renovation is no small feat. Aside from moving the physical contents of  the Library, location records must be updated so that items can still be found while they’re displaced. Library staff members began  working on the logistics with Harvard Library’s Access Services in 2016. All this planning ensured that collections would be relocated to the Harvard Depository, and their records changed—without inconveniencing visitors. 

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