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Child Memorial Library

Named for Francis James Child, Harvard's first Professor of English, Child Memorial Library is the English Department research library. Its extensive, non-circulating collection comprises works from all areas and periods of English and American literature. Maintained and staffed by graduate students, Child Library is dedicated to providing up-to-date, scholarly editions of authors, as well as a cross-section of recent and influential criticism. We warmly encourage concentrators, graduate students, and faculty to make use of this rich and unique resource. Suggestions for augmenting the collection are welcome and can be addressed to the library coordinators.

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Contact Information

(617) 495-4681
Child Memorial Library, Widener Library, Third Floor, Room Z, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
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The Child Memorial Library is a non-circulating collection of primary and secondary texts in the field of English and American literature primarily for the use of graduate and undergraduate students in the English Department.

Added Names/Aliases: English Department Library




Collection Highlights

Notecards of Professor George Lyman Kittredge covering the following subjects of interest to him: Great Britain, literary figures, literature in general. Also, offprints presented to Professor Morton Bloomfield by their respective authors.







  • Circulation
  • The collection is NON-CIRCULATING under all circumstances; all volumes are on "permanent reserve." Patrons, however, may take a book out briefly in order to xerox parts of it within Widener Library if they consult the desk attendant and leave their Harvard IDs.

  • Access
  • The library is primarily for the use of English graduate and undergraduate students at Harvard though other students and scholars are welcome as well.



  • Enter the Widener Library through the Mass. Ave door at the back of the building. The security guard can give you directions. Elevators go to all levels of the building and most bathrooms are accessible.The Newspaper and Microfilm Reading Room on the first floor has two computers equipped with Zoomtext 8.0 and JAWS software; one has the capability to play back materials in CD format. Headphones for use with JAWS are available at the desk. A CCTV system for enlarging printed text is available upon request. If you require use of the CCTV, please contact Ken Peterson or call 617-496-9563, or ask for assistance at the desk.Users with disabilities are advised to schedule a preliminary, in-person consultation to discuss their research and physical access needs and for a brief orientation to the building and library services.For further information contact, Francesca Giacchino¬† via e-mail ( or by phone 617-495-2414. See Widener Library Disability Services (