How can I access Houghton Library material during COVID-19?

Please be advised that due to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, Houghton Library is closed to users. Given the fluid and evolving nature of the situation, we do not currently have a date on which the Houghton Reading Room will reopen. Reference staff are working remotely so are unable to answer many collection-based questions. 

You can, however, request scans of material at no cost. If you are interested in making a photoduplication request, you may place your order through your HOLLIS Special Request Account.

See our step-by-step instructions for registering for an account and placing your requests through HOLLIS. If you need to make a request from a finding aid in HOLLIS for Archival Discovery, these instructions may also be helpful.

Please be advised that due to reduced on-site staffing, newly implemented workflows and safety protocols, order fulfillment may take longer than expected. We appreciate your patience.

For additional information and updates, please visit the Harvard Library Visitor Access website and Harvard University’s main Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.