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- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.