Welcome, Harvard Alumni

Are you Harvard Alumni and wondering what your library privileges might be? In addition to links out to all of the different schools, below serves as a general list of privileges.


Harvard University alumni are welcome to visit the Harvard Library. Each Harvard Library has its own requirements for alumni access and privileges, so when planning a visit you may wish to contact the library directly or contact the Harvard Library Privileges office (library_privileges@harvard.edu or 617-495-4166).

E-Resource Access

Off-site access to a growing selection of licensed electronic resources is available to Harvard University alumni. Learn more about alumni access to electronic resources.

To access alumni resources, you must first obtain your Harvard Key by visiting key.harvard.edu to verify your identity and set a password.

Next, you should visit your school's alumni page to find more information about which e-resources are available to you and where to access them.

Archives & Special Collections Access

Special Collections and Archives are open to all qualified researchers regardless of current academic affiliation.

Special Collections

Harvard College Library Special Collections (Houghton, Harvard Map Collection, Harvard-Yenching, Fine Arts, Loeb Music and Tozzer) require a Special Collections Card which can be obtained at the Harvard Library Privileges Office located in Widener Library. Please visit the registration page to create your account ahead of time.

Other special collections around the University have their own access procedures. For information about access to a collection in a specific location, please visit the full list of Harvard Libraries for contact details.

Harvard University Archives

Located in Pusey Library, visitors must first obtain a temporary Harvard ID at the Harvard Library Privileges Office in Widener Library.

For more information, please see the Harvard University Archives' Planning a Visit page. 

For general information about Special Collections and Archival materials at Harvard please visit the Harvard Library Archives and Special Collections page.