Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
The finest collection of resources for research on the history of women in America, Schlesinger Library has strong holdings in women’s rights and feminism, health and sexuality, work and family life, culinary history and etiquette, and education and the professions.
Today: CLOSED: Building Renovation - See Fay House Temporary Reading Room Schedule
Reading Room 9am - 4:45pm



3 James Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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  • The Schlesinger Library is open to the public and welcomes all visitors.
  • To register to use the reading room one form of photo identification is required.


The Schlesinger Library building is closed for renovation from November 2018 through early September 2019. During this time, researchers can access the Library’s collections, by appointment, via a temporary Reading Room in Fay House, Radcliffe Yard.

Since all Library collections are now stored off-site and seating in the temporary reading room is limited, advance notice of at least 3–4 business days is required. Appointments can be made via our Ask a Librarian form.

The Schlesinger Library will complete the final phase of its renovation project between August 10 and September 2. As the collection will be in transit and staff will be moving locations, the Library’s Reading Room will be closed and services to researchers will be largely unavailable from August 9 to September 7. The Library will return to its routine schedule, Monday–Saturday, 9 AM–5 PM, on Monday, September 9. We regret this inconvenience to researchers and look forward to welcoming you in our newly renovated library. If you have questions, please contact us at