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Welcoming Students to Harvard Library

Student contestants playing in a library game show
Steph Stevens

First day of school jitters can happen to anyone— even Harvard College students. That’s why librarians and archivists from across Harvard Library welcomed first year students to Cabot Science Library for an afternoon of fun and activities, introducing them to all that the library has to offer.

Students learned how to search the library catalog “like a boss,” sign up for their own librarian to work with over the semester, and picked up their "passport" to keep with them as they visit libraries across campus. Groups of new friends even participated in a game show and competed to win prizes while learning library trivia.

While activities such as experimenting with data visualizations and creating digital postcards showed off some of the latest library innovations, some things at Harvard remain unchanged. At the quill pen writing station—which proved to be one of the most popular activities— archivist Barbara Meloni observed: “some of their handwriting looks just like the writing of Harvard students from hundreds of years ago.”

Librarian Sarah Hutcheons shows students items from Schlesinger Library's collections
Steph Stevens
Students and librarians tried their luck writing with quill pens.
Steph Stevens