The Research Lifecycle

Harvard Library, your partners in research


Inspired by an idea? We are your partners in curiosity.

Harvard Library drives progress. As much as we specialize in finding information that is known, we remain in awe of all that is unknown, and it is our privilege to join you in exploring the ideas that inspire new and renewed research efforts. 

Together we can build a dream team of experts and share a variety of library discovery systems and tools for building on your curiosity.

Let Our Collections Inspire You

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Explore Collections

Browse through materials Harvard curators have been collecting for nearly 300 years - physical, digital and beyond!

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Take a closer look at Harvard's digital collections with CURIOSity's curated views and specialized search options.


We can collaborate to plan, scope, and organize your exploration.

Your research does not exist in isolation. Neither does Harvard Library. We bring people and ideas together to get you what you need. Whether you are planning original data collection, seeking out existing source material, identifying funding streams and support, or looking for opportunities to partner with other researchers, Harvard Library is here to help.


Bringing your research into focus, in whatever form it takes.

Partnership in research creates more interesting results. From the humanities to hard sciences, data visualization or qualitative analysis, Harvard Library staff can help you execute your research agenda and create the artifacts of your exploration.

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HOLLIS is the Harvard Library catalog. It includes books, articles, media and more. You can log in to renew items, check due dates and more.

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ILL & Scanning Services

Can't find the materials you need at Harvard? Need a book chapter or article scanned? Submit a request and we'll get you what you need.

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A Master Class in Library Research for GSAS and DCE Students, offered in January.


Transform and translate your findings to create something new.

Harvard Library is a creative space. We build on inspiration, supporting your effort and springboarding your creative outputs to contribute to a diverse and robust global knowledge commons.


Speed up the process of writing, editing and producing research papers, and collaborating with others. Free Overleaf Pro+ accounts available for all Harvard University students, faculty and staff.


Extending the reach of your data and the products of your research.

Harvard Library is committed to opening and broadening your scholarly reach to help share, promote, publish, and preserve your workspace and your work product.

Harvard Library is committed to prioritizing open access across disciplines - advancing equitable, open models of scholarly communication.

Harvard-Styles Open Access Policy

The basic idea of OA is simple: Make research literature available online without price barriers and without most permission barriers.

Open Science Publishing

One example of the Open Science movement is Pubfair - a modular, flexible, open-source framework for sustainable, distributed, open science publishing services.

Interenational Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)

Harvard Library’s standard for providing access to more than 53,000,000 images from our libraries, archives, and museums.

Your research matters. We build pathways to measure the impact.

Harvard researchers change the world, and the world continues to change Harvard. In completing the research lifecycle, we want to ensure that you can track and measure your impact. How your work influences others and contributes to building a more diverse body of scholarship and furthering our collective intellectual curiosity.