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.

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Teach Remotely with Harvard Library

Planning on teaching a class remotely? Harvard Library can help.

Harvard Library makes it possible for faculty teaching remote classes to connect seamlessly through direct engagement with library staff, access to digital content, and collaboration across the University.

Ask Now

Looking for immediate help from our staff? Find answers to commonly asked questions and ask your own with Ask a Librarian. Library staff members are also available via chat.

Get Digital Reserves for Your Course

We've enhanced our course reserves service to make more materials available to your students in Canvas.

Connect with Library Staff

Teaching a class remotely during the Fall 2020 semester? Let our expert staff help you get the most out of the library for your courses. We can help you find digital materials, create course guides, and provide online library instruction and virtual library visits. 

Library liaisons can partner with you to:

  • Make syllabus substitutions. Find alternative readings that allow for simultaneous access for the entire class.
  • Discover materials that are newly available online. Many publishers have made materials temporarily available online for free during the pandemic.
  • Tailor library instruction for your students. Invite a librarian to visit your class or section and help get your students on the right track, with a session customized to the needs of your course. 

Our librarians can also help you:

  • Use digital tools. Learn about new online tools, like OpenRefine for data mining or Photogrammetry for 3D image capture, with our Remote Media Help team.
  • Arrange a remote special collections visit. Our curators, archivists, and other specialists can join your virtual classroom to lead a session on using primary resources.
  • Embed a subject librarian in your Canvas site. Get set up with a Canvas Course Librarian.

Working with Digital Course Materials

Discover digital collections

Harvard Digital Collections provides free, public access to more than 6 million objects digitized from our collections - from ancient art to modern manuscripts and audio visual materials.

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