Answered By: Emily Bell
Last Updated: Mar 17, 2017     Views: 426


Welcome to Harvard!

Your Harvard ID  is your library card. You will use it for admission, for checking out books, and for looking at articles, books and databases online.  

Electronic resources: to use our subscription resources from a non-library computer, you'll need a HarvardKey.

Borrowing: To check out books at Widener, Lamont, and Cabot or other Harvard College Libraries, take the book to the Circulation desk of the library. You can visit and use materials in the medical, government, law and business libraries, but you won't be able to check anything out.

Other libraries will admit summer school students, but not all will allow them to borrow books. Please contact the library you have in mind before you go.

Using the Library: We have a guide to using the library created just for Summer School students.It can help you navigate the library system at Harvard. Most people visit Widener first, but Lamont and Cabot are also excellent choices, and sometimes the libraries at the graduate schools will have just the thing you need.

Printing and computer resources: Many summer school students ask us about these. Please see this page to find out where and how summer school students are set up to print. You can use the computers, photocopiers, scanners and printers at the library. Scanning is free, but you'll need Crimson Cash to print  or photocopy at a library. Since you've already paid for the printing resources available through the Summer School (at the link above) you may prefer to print there.

Wireless access: To register your laptop or other device for wireless access inside the libraries, see this page.

Help: You can find help at the Reference or Information desk of any library. In Widener, ask the guard to point out Circulation. There is an information desk just inside the Circulation room. In other libraries, the Circulation desk is just inside the building. Ask them to direct you to Reference.

Recreational reading: Widener and Lamont are excellent places to find novels and other recreational reading. You can look in the HOLLIS+ catalog by title. In Lamont, the Farnsworth room on the 3rd floor is a nice quiet study space and a room full of recreational reading.

If you have further questions, speak with a librarian or send us an email through Ask a Librarian.

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