Are any of the libraries open to visitors or tourists?

Information about which libraries will be open to visitors and guests are available at our Visitor Access page.

It is important to contact the Harvard Library Access and Borrowing Office in Widener Library before your visit

Please reach out in advance of your visit to ensure that your authorization is ready and that any offsite materials may be retrieved (offsite retrieval cannot be done on the day of the visit). 

For information about visiting the Harvard campus in general, please see Visiting Harvard.



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