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Harvard Libraries and Museums

Harvard Libraries

Check out the Harvard Library guide for Summer School Students to learn about the wide array of resources and services available to assist you with your summer studies. You are welcome to send us questions through the Ask a Librarian service.

You are encouraged to use the University’s multimillion-volume library collection, including the electronic resources. You may access the following libraries using your Harvard ID card once your session begins. View the Campus Map to find locations.

Libraries in Harvard Yard

Lamont Library provides most of the materials required for Summer School courses—including readings placed on reserve by faculty—as well as study areas, computers, printers, and books for general reading.

Widener Library, the largest library on campus, contains materials in history, the humanities, and the social sciences.

Houghton Library houses Harvard’s collection of rare books and manuscripts.

Pusey Library holds the University Archives and Map Collection.

Science library

Cabot Science Library serves as a general science library and houses research collections in mathematics and statistics.

Libraries at the Medical, Law, and Business Schools

Summer School students may both access and borrow from the Countway Library at the Medical School. Students may access but not borrow from the Baker Library at the Business School. Students may consult the collections of the Harvard Law School Library but may not borrow.

Have a question? Ask a Librarian

Students are invited to use the online research tool Ask a Librarian. Questions on a range of topics are answered by members of the Harvard library staff, usually within one business day.

Harvard Museums

Enrich your summer experience by exploring the collections, exhibits, and history found inside Harvard’s many art, science, and cultural museums.

Most major Harvard museums are free for you and one guest with a valid Harvard ID card.