Research Assistants

Research Assistant privileges are available to eligible library users who are conducting research for (or who may need to borrow books on behalf of) a Harvard University teaching faculty member.

Information and Details

  • The Research Assistant Borrowing Card is valid at most Harvard University libraries.
  • These privileges are meant exclusively for individuals performing work on behalf of a faculty member, and are not intended for personal use.
  • A maximum of three research assistants are eligible to be assigned simultaneously to a faculty member.
  • The Research Assistant Card serves as a faculty proxy account; therefore the RA's loan periods and access to resources mirror those extended to the faculty member.
  • The faculty member is responsible for all recalled items, lost materials, and associated fines charged to the proxy research assistant

Applying for and Renewing Research Assistant Library Privileges