Can I use the libraries over the summer? I'm a current undergraduate.

As long as you are currently enrolled at Harvard your library access should remain the same. This includes the summer term and intersession periods between terms.

If you think there may be something unusual about your case, please consult the Library Access and Borrowing Office.

Remember that many of the Harvard libraries have altered hours for summer term and intersession. You can check the hours at individual library sites using our Locations and Hours page.

Service Alert:
  • Ask a Librarian, including chat and email, will be suspended from 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 22, through Monday, January 2, for the holiday break. Any questions received during this period will be answered beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2024.
  • 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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