Can I bring guests into Widener or another Harvard library? What about into the Widener stacks?


You can bring guests into many of the Harvard Libraries.

Widener: Up to 4 guests at once. Show the guard your Harvard ID and he or she will let the group through.

Widener stacks: Faculty may bring up to 4 guests at once. Students may bring their parents. Show your ID at the stacks entrance.

Lamont: Up to 4 guests in at once. Show the guard at the front door your Harvard ID and he or she will have them sign in, then let them through.

Other libraries and special collections: Policies vary. Check the individual collection or facility's web page for information and call the contact number listed there for more specifics, or check with the Library Access and Borrowing Office.

For library hours, see Locations & Hours

For other questions about access, contact the Library Access and Borrowing Office.

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