Harvard Libraries

To help you with your summer studies, you may make use of the University’s multimillion-volume system of Harvard libraries, including the electronic resources, beginning in June. Also, check out the Harvard libraries’ guide for Summer School students.

Libraries in Harvard Yard

The central facility is Widener Library, which contains materials in history, the humanities, and the social sciences.

Lamont Library provides most of the materials required for Summer School courses—including readings placed on reserve by faculty—as well as study areas, computers and printers, books for general reading, and the Language Resource Center.

Widener Library, the largest library on campus, contains materials in history, the humanities, and the social sciences.

Houghton Library houses Harvard’s collection of rare books and manuscripts.

Pusey Library (accessed through the main doors of Lamont Library) holds the University ArchivesTheatre Collection, and Map Collection, and it contains an extension of the Widener stacks.

Ask a Librarian

Students are invited to use the online research tool Ask a Librarian. Questions on a range of topics are answered by members of the Harvard library staff, usually within one business day.

Science library

Cabot Science Library serves as a general science library and houses research collections in mathematics and statistics.

Libraries at the Medical, Law, and Business Schools

You may use the Countway Library at the Medical School, the Law School Library, and the Baker Library at the Business School, but without borrowing privileges.