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Harvard Direct Starts This Week

December 4, 2013

A message from Matthew Sheehy, head of Access Services:

This week we will launch the first phase of the intra-library delivery service we have branded “Harvard Direct.” Patrons will be able to request books from Countway, Law and Widener for delivery to any library that receives five-day-per-week HUMS service, including the owning library. Those libraries include: Andover-Harvard, Baker, Cabot, Countway, Fine Arts, Gutman, Harvard-Yenching, Kennedy School, Lamont, Law, Loeb Design, Loeb Music, Tozzer, Widener, and Wolbach. 

The launch will be in two phases: HOLLIS Classic will show “Request Item” links for the appropriate material starting around 4:30 pm on December 5th. In the early morning of December 9th, those same links will appear in HOLLIS. 

Many thanks to all those who participated to make this service a reality, especially Lee Fenn, who has been a relentless advocate. While this is in a pilot stage, please continue to send feedback to either Lee Fenn ( or me (

A more public release of this service is planned for the future once we learn from this pilot experience and we can frame the service in a more comprehensive fulfillment strategy.

A special thanks to Countway, the Law Library, Loeb Music Library and Widener for allowing their collections to be the first to be shared through Harvard Direct.