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Tozzer Library Reopens in Newly Renovated Building

The Tozzer team and collections return to a bright and light new space.


July 29, 2014—Tozzer Library returned to an entirely rebuilt and redesigned space following two years in temporary quarters.

The original Tozzer Library building  was almost completely demolished and rebuilt and enlarged to reunite Harvard’s anthropological community for the first time in over 50 years. Tozzer is connected to the Peabody Museum, where some Anthropology Department offices continue to be housed, via a glass walkway.

Visit the new Tozzer space at 21 Divinity Avenue. Tozzer Library is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Wednesdays.

Slideshow: Tozzer Tour

Seating looks out on the western courtyard.

Daylight from the western courtyard streams through floor-to-ceiling  windows, and sensors automatically adjust light levels to help conserve energy. Ergonomic chairs and tables with integrated power strips and ethernet ports line the main floor.

The new space reunites Harvard's anthopological community.

The new Tozzer Anthropology Building closely integrates the Peabody Museum, the Anthropology Department, the Human Evolutionary Biology Department and Tozzer Library, reuniting Harvard’s anthropological community.

Tozzer Library study carrel.

Carrels for individual study line the ground floor and feature either a courtyard or a Divinty Avenue view.

art from the collections decorates the space

Art from Tozzer’s collections dot the walls. 

Group study spaces allow for collaborative learning.

In addition to carrel space and soft seating areas for individual study, two group study rooms were added for collaborative research and learning.

water bottle filling station

Bottle-filling stations are on each floor; the stations help reduce waste and keep track of how many plastic bottles avoid the landfill. As part of Harvard’s commitment to sustainability, the facilities team targeted LEED Gold certification when designing the space; energy modeling predicted that the cutting-edge energy-efficient technology is expected to curb carbon dioxide emissions and energy use by 54%. 

A full-scale reproduction of Stela D from Quirigua, Guatemala.

The lobby features a full-scale reproduction of Stela D from Quirigua, Guatemala, the Maya monument representing King K’ak” Tiliw Chan Yopaat. A new resin copy was made from a plaster cast made in the field in the 1890s, which was formerly in Tozzer Library.