We have resumed some on-campus services, including book pickup, virtual consultations, and fulfilling scanning/digitization requests. Many library materials are available online, but our buildings remain closed until further notice.

English Language Humanities and Social Sciences Collections

Widener Library's Collections in English include materials in all subjects in the humanities and social sciences published in North America, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and in Oceania, including Australia and New Zealand.
Two Thanksgiving themed covers from Collier's Magazine, circa 1931 and 1927.
Widener Library

To meet the needs of current faculty and researchers, each year collection development librarians from the Americas, Europe, and Oceania Division acquire newly published scholarly publications and mainstream materials, as well as a selection of unique and distinctive materials. 

Widener Library’s English language humanities and social science collection includes monographs and periodicals, rare books, unique and distinctive ephemera, electronic and born-digital resources, data sets and audiovisual materials. 

Widener Library's English language collections are closely interwoven with the collections of other libraries at Harvard. Government documents are housed in Government Documents/Microforms, as are most of our microform materials. The Fine Arts LibraryFrances Loeb Library (Graduate School of Design), Houghton Library (rare books and manuscripts), Harvard Law School LibraryLoeb Music LibraryAndover-Harvard Theological LibraryHarvard Baker LibraryHarvard Law School LibraryCountway Library of Medicine, and Tozzer Library (anthropology) also hold significant resources in English language.

Accessing These Materials

All materials in this collection are listed in HOLLIS.

For more information, please contact collection development librarians the Americas, Europe, and Oceania Division of the Harvard College Library.   


Americas, Europe, and Oceania Division, Widener Library