Cabot Science Library

The Godfrey Lowell Cabot Science Library is a hub for science and engineering research and education at Harvard, connecting students and faculty with experts beyond their academic departments.
Today: 24 Hours
Ask Us Desk 9am - 12am
Media Studio Support 10am - 12pm. 2pm - 8pm

Features

Cafe onsite Cafe onsite
Tech loan Tech loan
Media studios Media studios
Group tables Group tables
Private desks Private desks
Reservable space Reservable space
Quiet study areas Quiet study areas
Conversation areas Conversation areas
Couches / arm chairs Couches / arm chairs
Public computers Public computers
Food and drink allowed Food and drink allowed
Printers Printers
Copiers Copiers
Scanners Scanners
Whiteboards / chalkboards Whiteboards / chalkboards
Lockers Lockers
Charging stations Charging stations
Movable furniture Movable furniture
Standing desks Standing desks

Address

Science Center
1 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Connect with Cabot

Visit

  • The Cabot Science Library is open to all Harvard ID holders.
  • Harvard ID holders may bring up to three guests into the library. Guests must show ID and sign in at the entrance desk.
  • All Boston area university faculty and students may sign in at the entrance desk with their home institution ID.
  • During public events all are welcome.

Spaces

Cabot has a variety of innovative spaces that can be reserved by Harvard faculty, staff and students — from chat booths and group study spaces to media studios. The library also have open spaces filled with various seating options for taking a break or getting your work done. 

A group study room in Cabot.
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Group Study Rooms

Cabot has several spaces designed for group study. Reserve one now.

One of Cabot's two media production studios
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Media Studios

Cabot's Media Studios are designed to provide high-quality audio and video recordings with only minimal training.

Video Conferencing Room
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Video Conferencing Room

Cabot's video conferencing room features two large screens and a video camera, which support live interaction with remote locations.

Cabot Instruction Room
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Instruction Room

With long tables and movable chairs, this classroom-style room converts easily into is perfect for large group meetings and presentations.

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Booking Space for an Event

The Cabot Science Library has many flexible spaces great for events of all types — including the Discovery Bar, Puzzle Tables, video conference room, instruction room, and open spaces on the main and lower levels.

The entrance and main level of the Cabot Science Library.
The entrance and main level of the Cabot Science Library.

If you're interested in booking an event at Cabot, fill out this form and we will get back to you within approximately two business days.

Event Request Form

Things to keep in mind

  • Library approval is needed for reservation of event spaces.
  • Academic events are given priority.
  • Food is allowed in most areas of Cabot. Any catering or setup arrangements are the responsibility of the event organizer, in consultation with the Cabot Library staff assistant.
  • Events can only be held during normal library open hours. Please review the library hours, particularly during holidays, university breaks, and summer to ensure the library is open when you need it.
  • Coordination with the Science Center, where Cabot Science Library is located, will be required for all large events, with special attention for events that may affect the cafe and courtyard.
  • Large events may incur a clean up fee.

Using the Library


Events


Collections


History

The Godfrey Lowell Cabot Science Library opened its doors in 1973.

Named for for Godfrey Lowell Cabot (1861–1962), Class of 1882 — an industrial chemist, manufacturer of carbon black, aviation pioneer, and benefactor of the sciences — the library was conceived as a part of Harvard's Science Center, which also opened in 1973.

Under the stewardship of Dr. Alan E. Erickson, who served as librarian from the library's inception until his retirement at the end of 1991, Cabot rapidly became one of the busiest libraries on campus.

As library collections in the physical science and engineering become increasingly electronic, and the needs of student study space have changed over the years, a number of departmental libraries have closed as service points and their collections have been integrated into the Cabot Science Library. That includes the Kummel Library for the Geological Sciences in 2005, the McKay Blue Hill Engineering Library in 2016, the Physics Library in 2017, and the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Library in 2018.

Cabot underwent a significant renovation in 2016-2017, along with the Science Center's Cafe and Courtyard.