Service

Teach with the Library

Our specialists can present sessions tailored to any topic, or help connect you to special collections that support your course goals.

What We Offer

We work with faculty across the university to design classes tailored to course goals.

Whether that's a session about leveraging library resources for research in a particular topic area, or using the library's special collection materials in your teaching, we can make it happen.


General Library Instruction Sessions

Librarians can provide instruction sessions tailored to a specific class or topic area. Sessions can be developed around any skill level or disciplinary interest.

Librarian-led classes can be held in a variety of library spaces or in the class's regular location.

To arrange a session, contact your library liaison or submit a request.


Teaching with Special Collections and Archives

Class sessions at participating special collections libraries and archives can range from surveys of faculty-selected collection material to sessions for which our staff provide guided explorations.

Students examine materials during a class at the Harvard University Archives
Students examine materials during a class at the Harvard University Archives

We're also happy to support students through assignments which require engagement with our collections.

Bring your class in for an hour or schedule several visits for in-depth investigations of archives, manuscripts, maps, rare books, and more.

To start the planning process, submit a request and you'll be contacted by a librarian or archivist who will work with you to plan and execute your goals for the session.

We recommend submitting requests as early as possible to ensure staff and space are available.

Request a Class