The Schlesinger Library is open to the public and welcomes all researchers. Our librarians are standing by to help you with your research or course planning.
Ask a Schlesinger Librarian
Virtual reference services are available. Click through to ask a question or make an appointment with a research librarian at the Schlesinger Library. We’re eager to talk about your research needs.
Search the Catalog
Make the most of your research time with the resources in this section. While no appointment is necessary to use holdings during normal operations, researchers are strongly encouraged to contact the Library in advance because material may be stored offsite and/or have restrictions.
Here, a brief explanation of the tools linked below.
HOLLIS is the Harvard Library’s catalog. Search HOLLIS for articles, books, manuscript materials, media, and more.
With HOLLIS for Archival Discovery, search for letters, photographs, film and video, print items, digital materials, objects, and other primary sources.
HOLLIS Images is the Harvard Library’s dedicated image catalog. It includes content from archives, museums, libraries, and other collections throughout Harvard University.
Use Ask a Librarian to request materials and to confirm availability. To locate materials, use the HOLLIS catalog to start your search. You can limit results to Schlesinger Library holdings in the advanced search mode.
Request Archival Collections has detailed information about what to include when contacting our librarians.
Consult our Research Guides for an introduction by subject to various holdings. The guides are meant to help you begin your research on select topics and are not complete lists of relevant material.
HOLLIS (Library Catalog) HOLLIS for Archival Discovery HOLLIS Images Ask a Librarian Request Archival Collections Research Guides