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Center for Hellenic Studies Library

Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies, located in Washington DC, was founded by means of an endowment made "exclusively for the establishment of an educational center in the field of Hellenic Studies designed to rediscover the humanism of the Hellenic Greeks." This humanistic vision remains the driving force of the Center for Hellenic Studies.

 

Contact Information

 
(202) 745-4400
library@chs.harvard.edu
Address:
Center for Hellenic Studies, 3100 Whitehaven Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008
 
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HOURS OF OPERATION

 
 
 

ABOUT

 

The CHS Library supports research in all areas of Ancient Hellenic Civilization.  In addition to Harvard, the Library serves CHS Fellows, scholars in the Washington DC area and visiting scholars from around the world.  The Library supports CHS work in print and online publication, scholarly communication and outreach.

The CHS Library supports research in all areas of Ancient Hellenic Civilization.  In addition to Harvard, the Library serves CHS Fellows, scholars in the Washington DC area and visiting scholars from around the world.  The Library supports CHS work in print and online publication, scholarly communication and outreach.

The CHS Library supports research in all areas of Ancient Hellenic Civilization.  In addition to Harvard, the Library serves CHS Fellows, scholars in the Washington DC area and visiting scholars from around the world.  The Library supports CHS work in print and online publication, scholarly communication and outreach.

The CHS Library supports research in all areas of Ancient Hellenic Civilization.  In addition to Harvard, the Library serves CHS Fellows, scholars in the Washington DC area and visiting scholars from around the world.  The Library supports CHS work in print and online publication, scholarly communication and outreach.

The CHS Library supports research in all areas of Ancient Hellenic Civilization.  In addition to Harvard, the Library serves CHS Fellows, scholars in the Washington DC area and visiting scholars from around the world.  The Library supports CHS work in print and online publication, scholarly communication and outreach.

The CHS Library supports research in all areas of Ancient Hellenic Civilization.  In addition to Harvard, the Library serves CHS Fellows, scholars in the Washington DC area and visiting scholars from around the world.  The Library supports CHS work in print and online publication, scholarly communication and outreach.

The CHS Library supports research in all areas of Ancient Hellenic Civilization.  In addition to Harvard, the Library serves CHS Fellows, scholars in the Washington DC area and visiting scholars from around the world.  The Library supports CHS work in print and online publication, scholarly communication and outreach.

 

Collections

 

Hellenic Studies

The Center’s library consists of over 62,000 volumes, of which approximately one-third are periodicals. The library’s coverage includes archaic, classical, Hellenistic and early imperial Greek literature, history, religion, art, archaeology, epigraphy, papyrology, numismatics and philosophy (through Late Antiquity). Collections in Latin Literature and Roman Studies are less complete, but very useful for comparative purposes and interdisciplinary projects.

 
 

LIBRARY SERVICES

 
 
 

LIBRARY STAFF

 
 

VISITOR POLICIES

 
  • Access
  • Current Resident Scholars may borrow books for use in their studies, which are adjacent to the Library. Each library user signs a "borrower card" for every book and journal, so that all materials are always accessible to other people. Books do not circulate outside the building and must not be taken to the residences.

  • Visitor
  • Visitor EligibilityThe CHS Library is open to post-doctoral classical scholars who are currently engaged in a specific research project. Access is limited to Visitors whose research needs cannot be met by their home institution or by a public library such as the Library of Congress. The Director’s Office of the Center for Hellenic Studies reserves the right to refuse access to any scholar on the basis of the criteria outlined above and adherence to the policies below. Visitors are limited to fifteen (15) hours in the Library stacks per week. Visitors must remain in the Library stacks area for the duration of their visit. The Library stacks are closed to Visitors between 12:30 and 1:30 P.M. each day. Requesting Visitor Privileges All Visitors must telephone at least twenty-four hours (excluding Saturday and Sunday) in advance of each proposed visit. Please call (202) 745-4400 during regular hours and speak with a Center staff member. It is important that you speak personally with a Center staff member to arrange each visit. The Center's programs may require that we curtail your preferred time period for research. Only authorized visitors may enter the Library. All other guests (e.g., research assistants) must be approved in advance by Library staff. Children and pets are not allowed in the Library. The Director, Professor Gregory Nagy, authorizes all visitor privileges and will review the extension of visitor privileges each week.