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Linguistics Library

The Linguistics Department maintains a collection of books and journals for the benefit of faculty, students, and other scholars affiliated with the department, housed in the Linguistics Library (Widener Library, Room B).


Contact Information

(617) 495-4054
Widener Library, Room B, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138
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The Linguistics Library is a quiet, locked study located on the third floor of Widener Library. It houses an extensive collection of books related to historical linguistics and offers an invaluable resource Indo-Europeanists. Room B also contains a few books relating to other subfields of linguistics, but circulating duplicate copies of all such works are available in the general Widener stacks as well. We urge library users to consult these copies first.

Added Names/Aliases: Linguistics Department Library





Materials in the field of linguistics which, in general, duplicate holdings of Widener.







  • Circulation
  • Non-circulating collection.

  • Access
  • Use is restricted to faculty and students of the Linguistics Department.



  • 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 (