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Borrow, Renew, Return

Harvard's 70+ libraries primarily serve the University's current faculty, students and researchers who whold valid Harvard ID's. Policies on admittance, borrowing, hours and services vary by library. For more information a specific Harvard library, please visit the individual library page.




Borrowing and Renewing Materials

To borrow items from The Harvard Library, take them with your ID to the appropriate circulation desk, and the staff will check them out to you. A growing number of libraries have self-checkout kiosks where you can checkout books as long as you have your ID card.  
As long as no other library patron needs them, you can renew books five times. Use My Accounts to access your account. You will need the first eight digits of your ID and your PIN. 
For more information, please see Ask a Librarian.


Returning Materials

You are welcome to return most material to any Harvard Library; however, reserves and interlibrary loan items should be returned directly to the library from which they were borrowed.


Recalling books

All materials are subject to recall at any time. Recall notifications are sent to your email address on record.
You can recall the book and the patron who has it is required to return it within seven days. To initiate a recall, click on the “Request Item” link through the item record in HOLLIS.You can also request the book through Borrow Direct and receive it within about four business days.