I am a Harvard Alum. Do I have access to Harvard's libraries? Can I check out books? Can I read books and articles online?

The library offers a range of services especially for alums, including building access, some borrowing, and some online access (e-resources). For details, see How to Use Harvard Library as an Alum.

Our research guide to Using Libraries as a Harvard Alum offers additional information and tips for getting access to the materials you need at Harvard and beyond.

Some of Harvard's graduate and professional school libraries offer additional services exclusively to graduates of that school. It is a good idea to check those libraries individually about any access specific to your school affiliation.

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