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The Schlesinger Library will reopen by appointment to Harvard students, faculty, and staff on January 24. The Library plans to open by appointment to visiting, vaccinated, and boosted researchers on February 28. High quality masks must be worn indoors at all times.

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Students conduct archival research at the Schlesinger. Photo by Kevin Grady

The Schlesinger Library will reopen, by appointment, to Harvard students, faculty, and staff on Monday, January 24. Appointments will be available Monday–Friday from 10AM to 4PM. If you are interested in making an appointment or have any questions, please contact us at The Library plans to open to visiting, vaccinated, and boosted researchers by appointment on Monday, February 28.

Upon entrance to the building, all visitors—Harvard University ID (HUID) and non-HUID holders—must provide proof of vaccination and verbal attestation that they are symptom free and have not been diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19 in the previous 5 days. High quality and well-fitting masks must be worn indoors for the duration of your stay.

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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.

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Our librarians have expertise in a number of areas. See what else we can help you with.

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Research Tools

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.

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