Harvard’s libraries are rooted in the 1638 bequest of 400 books from John Harvard, and today they hold the largest academic collection in the world. More than 70 libraries contain approximately 17 million volumes and a rapidly expanding inventory of digital resources. These materials and the expertise of Library staff members support research by Harvard faculty and students, as well as an international community of scholars.
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Harvard Archives and Special Collections
Archives and special collections at Harvard encompass a vast array of rare and unique materials in a multitude of formats, from papyrus to born-digital records.