Library services are available online while physical locations are closed. Read the full guidance.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Although the doors to our physical spaces have been closed, our staff are hard at work in their homes to deliver content and services online.

Library Status

Harvard’s libraries remain open online.

Our librarians, curators, and archivists are working to ensure Harvard’s teaching and learning experience remains exceptional. As we continue to support remote teaching and learning, we are developing a phased approach to reopening and resuming access to print collections when it is safe to do so.

Plan for phased reopening

As of June 2, 2020

draft plan for phased reopening

Status of Services and Access

Last updated May 29, 2020

Physical Locations

  • All FAS library locations, as well as GSD, HDS, HGSE, HLS, HMS, and HKS are closed completely. Affiliates of HBS should check the school website for updated information. 


  • Borrowing print materials has been suspended until further notice. Items will no longer be requestable in HOLLIS. 
  • BorrowDirect and interlibrary loan have also been halted for the time being.
  • Most due dates for borrowed items have been extended. If you are graduating, please contact us.

Special Collections

  • Access to Harvard University Archives and special and non-circulating collections, including Houghton Library, will not be available until further notice. 


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University resources

Harvard Library and Harvard University are closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus. We are planning for several reopening stages to limit the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring the continuity of our teaching and research mission. We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed of additional measures.

Visit Harvard University's Coronavirus information page for more.