Answered By: Susan Halpert
Last Updated: Aug 22, 2017     Views: 52

1) Sign up for your class using our Class Request Tool well in advance of the time you would like your class to meet here.  Our seminar rooms book quickly. 

We will send you a message (within a couple of days) confirming the time and assigning a room and a staff member to assist the class.

2) To request materials for your class meeting at Houghton Library, please follow the following steps:

If you do not already have one, create a Special Collections Research Account. (If you are a non-Harvard affiliate, please retain your username and password for future use.) Houghton uses this online system for requesting books and manuscripts for use in the Reading Room and the seminar rooms.

Houghton reference and curatorial staff will be happy to assist you with making selections. You can arrange an appointment to talk with the librarian who will be assisting your class, and also arrange to preview class materials.

To request material for class use directly from the catalog, HOLLIS+, click the “Request Item” link in the Locations and Availability tab.. In HOLLIS Classic, click first on “Availability,” then click on the request link at the bottom of this page.  This action will prompt you to log in to you Special Collections Request Account and then it will produce a request form (like a call slip) with the right bibliographic information automatically filled in. You may also manually enter a request from your personal research account by selecting “Request” under the “New Requests” option on the left-hand menu in your account. 

  IMPORTANT: Toward the bottom of each request form, select your class (rather than your own name) in the drop down box next to the words “Request For:” This will ensure that these materials are gathered and set aside for your class.

  Please complete all requests for books and manuscripts at least seven days prior to the class meeting.  Anything requested after that time may not be paged in time for your class.

  If you return to teach the same class at a later date, ask Houghton staff to "clone" the previous class so that requests for the same materials can all be automatically resubmitted.

If you have further questions, please contact Houghton staff in the Public Services Department, via e-mail Houghton_Library@Harvard.edu or by phone at (617) 495-2440.

We look forward to your class in Houghton Library.