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Libraries Open Their Doors to New Admits

Libraries played a part in welcome weekend activities at various Schools.


May 12, 2015—The Harvard community recently took a pause from the exams and papers, finals and farewells that come at end of term to instead look ahead by welcoming admitted students to campus. Many Schools across Harvard host open weekends for incoming first-years, and several libraries take the opportunity to highlight the collections and services that await the admits come fall.

At the Graduate School of Design’s Frances Loeb Library, current students served as cohosts with librarians, guiding the new admits to a class-based student-curated display that gave a visually compelling example of the Visual + Materials Collections, to a talk on GIS resources in the Collaboration Space, and to a visit of the Special Collections. A social hour in the recently renovated dedicated PhD space gave librarians the opportunity to connect one-on-one with the new admits while sharing a preview of big-picture initiatives that would take place during their tenure as students, including space plans, digitization efforts, and the availability of resources and services across the Harvard Library.

The College’s Visitas weekend stretches "welcome" out to last all weekend long, and special tours were hosted twice daily at Widener. Other Faculty of Arts and Sciences libraries, including Cabot, Ernst Mayr, Fine Arts, Harvard-Yenching, Houghton, Lamont and Tozzer, also opened their doors for new admits to explore and discover the collections, spaces and people.

And of course, libraries participated virtually, sending their messages of congratulations under the hashtag #WelcometoHarvard. Scroll through the Tweets below to see how (and who) participated in the social media campaign, and visit the Visitas Storify to see how other departments across the University participated.