What happened to Harvard Digital Collections (HDC)? How can I search for digital collections at Harvard Library?

The Harvard Digital Collections platform is being retired on July 31, 2024. (The link in that sentence will not work after that date).

All digitized materials previously available through Harvard Digital Collections will remain accessible through other platforms. You can continue to discover and access these materials via:

Conducting your search in these systems will return results similar to those from Harvard Digital Collections. 

If you've saved links from the Harvard Digital Collections pages and are wondering what links will continue to work, the Harvard Digital Collections browser URLs and Harvard Digital Collections "permalinks" (created by the outdated software being retired) will no longer work. Links to IIIF manifests will.

Examples of links that will no longer work after July 31: 


The IIILF Manifest links that will continue to work look like this:



Service Alert:
  • Ask a Librarian, including chat and email, will be suspended Thursday July 4 through Sunday, July 7, 2024, in observance of the holiday weekend. Any questions received during this period will be answered beginning Monday, July 8.
  • If If you're experiencing an ongoing technical issue when you attempt to access library materials with your HarvardKey during these times, please report it to Library Technology Services.



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