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Harvard Library Preservation, Imaging Services

Imaging Services

Imaging Services offers a broad range of collections reformatting services designed to protect endangered materials and to extend scholarly access to Harvard's collections beyond the University.

Catholic Church. Heures de Nôtre Dame (use of Troyes and Sens) : manuscript, [ca. 1470]. MS Richardson 7. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Sequences of the Gospels (ff. 13-20v), Sequence from Luke (ff. 17-18v), f. 17: Luke painting the Virgin and Child.

Creating copies of library materials as a preservation strategy


Library materials are reproduced for several reasons: to provide back-up copies of items showing obvious signs of deterioration, to replace those that have become too fragile to use, to reduce wear and tear on items that are rare or unique, and to extend access to Harvard's collections beyond the University. Since the beginning of recorded history, copying has been vital to the survival of information.


Contact information


Imaging Services
Widener Library
Ground Floor, Room G-81
Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tel: 617-495-3995
Fax: 617-495-0403
Email: imaging@fas.harvard.edu
Hours (business office): 10 am–2 pm, M–F



Album of photographs by Ali Khan Vali. Qajar, Iran. [images ca.1862-1900.]



The Shelf


The Shelf blog highlights rare and remarkable items discovered by Harvard Library users during the course of their research. Harvard Library Preservation routinely reviews books returned through circulation, knowing that these returns include a surprising numbers of works that are too deteriorated to survive continued use, and are that too rare and interesting not to share online with the Harvard community, and beyond.

Blog entries feature titles that have been selected for digitization through various criteria such as rarity, condition, use, research relevance, and/or visual content. 


Explore digital collections at Harvard


Digital Collections at Harvard


Latin American pamphlet digital project at Harvard University


Titles are mapped by place of publication


Harvard College Library pamphlet digitization program. World War I.


Titles are mapped by place of publication