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Loeb Design Library

The Frances Loeb Library of the Graduate School of Design provides research and curricular support for all areas in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design, through its comprehensive collections in all formats and its special collections.

Added Names/Aliases: Frances Loeb Library, GSD Library, FLL, DES
 
 
 
 

HOURS OF OPERATION

 
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
General Hours
Visual & Materials Collections
Special Collections
 
 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 
Contact by Phone
Circulation Desk:
(617) 495-9163
Special Collections:
(617) 496-1300
Visual + Materials Collections:
(617) 384-7499
Contact by Email / Web
Submit Question via Web Form:
http://asklib.gsd.harvard.edu/q.php
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Gund Hall 48 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA 02138
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ABOUT

 

The Frances Loeb Library, reflecting the transdisciplinary view of the Graduate School of Design, provides resources and services in an environment that inspires inquiry, innovation and collaboration for the advancement of design. The library ensures the development, use and preservation of its unique collections, and, as part of Harvard University, fosters partnerships to support new initiatives, advance teaching, and enhance research.

The Frances Loeb Library, reflecting the transdisciplinary view of the Graduate School of Design, provides resources and services in an environment that inspires inquiry, innovation and collaboration for the advancement of design. The library ensures the development, use and preservation of its unique collections, and, as part of Harvard University, fosters partnerships to support new initiatives, advance teaching, and enhance research.

The Frances Loeb Library, reflecting the transdisciplinary view of the Graduate School of Design, provides resources and services in an environment that inspires inquiry, innovation and collaboration for the advancement of design. The library ensures the development, use and preservation of its unique collections, and, as part of Harvard University, fosters partnerships to support new initiatives, advance teaching, and enhance research.

The Frances Loeb Library, reflecting the transdisciplinary view of the Graduate School of Design, provides resources and services in an environment that inspires inquiry, innovation and collaboration for the advancement of design. The library ensures the development, use and preservation of its unique collections, and, as part of Harvard University, fosters partnerships to support new initiatives, advance teaching, and enhance research.

The Frances Loeb Library, reflecting the transdisciplinary view of the Graduate School of Design, provides resources and services in an environment that inspires inquiry, innovation and collaboration for the advancement of design. The library ensures the development, use and preservation of its unique collections, and, as part of Harvard University, fosters partnerships to support new initiatives, advance teaching, and enhance research.

 

Collections

 

General Collections

The Frances Loeb Library supports the curricular and research foci of the Graduate School of Design with collections reflecting historic, current and emerging areas of investigation. International in scope, and encompassing all formats, the library’s collections strengths are in the areas of 20th and 21st century architectural design and technology, urban design, city and regional planning, and historic and contemporary landscape design.

Special Collections

Special Collections holds and actively collects rare books, and primary source research materials related to the fields of academic programs offered at the Graduate School of Design. It also holds a growing research collection of printed books by and about Le Corbusier, and materials that document the history of the school. Collections include architecture and landscape drawings and models, sketches, photographs, correspondence, manuscripts, articles and clippings, memorabilia, and organizational materials.  The Special Collections provides a list of collections and online finding aids.

Materials Collections

The Materials Collection is a collection of over 600 materials ranging from innovative, new materials to those found everyday in the constructed environment. The physical collection, organized into five material families – Bio-composites, Polymers, Metals, Minerals, and Ceramics – allows for tactile browsing, while the database (HUID required) provides multiple points of access to meet research needs. By foregrounding material composition and functional traits, the collection allows users to rethink conventional applications and promote material experimentation in design practice.

Visual Collections

The Visual Collections is comprised of many non-print formats that include GSD public event recordings, digital images, 35mm slides, commercial VHS titles, CD-ROMs, historic photographs, and maps and plans with focus on the geographic areas of New England, with emphasis on Boston and Cambridge, and New York.

 
 

LIBRARY SERVICES

 
  • Research Guides
  • Consult our research guides for suggested resources and search strategies.

  • Research Instruction and Consultations
  • Harvard and GSD affiliates as well as visiting researchers can schedule individual or small group consultations with a research librarian who can provide in-depth advice on locating relevant resources. Librarians are available to work with faculty in presenting special library sessions focusing on collection resources and tailored to individual class assignments. Course-specific online library research guides can also be created and added to course websites.Contact: Sarah Dickinson at sdickinson@gsd.harvard.edu, 617-496-1332.  

  • GSD Publications for Sale
  • Select recent GSD Publications are available for purchase (credit card, check or cash), including: Platform, View, Harvard Design Magazine, and others.

  • GET IT
  • GET IT provides a range of options for requesting materials that are either unavailable or currently checked out and options for Document Delivery (includes Borrow Direct, Interlibrary Loan, Scan & Deliver).

 
 

LIBRARY STAFF

 
 

VISITOR POLICIES

 
  • Visitor
  • Harvard ID holders, those with Special Borrower cards and Frances Loeb Library (FLL) Access cardholders have access to the library and its collections. A valid Harvard ID or Special Borrowers card must be presented when borrowing books. Use of the Library by those without a Harvard ID is restricted to individuals pursuing research in the design fields, and is at the discretion of the Library. Visitors may apply for FLL Access cards or Special Borrower cards at the Service Desk from 9am-6pm, Monday-Friday.

 
 

ACCESSIBILITY

 
  • The ground floor of the library is fully accessible.  Elevator access to the lower level is provided by request at the Circulation Desk. The library’s restroom (located on the lower level) is ADA-compliant.  Circulation Desk staff will assist patrons who require assistance with retrieving materials from stack areas of the library.