August 3,2020: Library locations will reopen to Harvard students, faculty, and staff for the fall semester. See the full reopening schedule.


Teach with Special Collections

Discover, engage, and collaborate with Special Collections to help students use primary sources and understand material culture.

Work with Us

Our librarians and archivists are hard at work and ready to help you incorporate special collections into your classes this semester.

Request a Class with Special Collections

Use the Class Request Tool to schedule and coordinate your sessions in Special Collections. This tool allows us to easily coordinate across libraries to help provide the best expertise and materials for your class.

Schedule a class

Find the Right Materials for Your Classes

From medieval legal documents at the Law Library to renaissance financial records at Baker Library to early medical papers at Countway, we can help you find primary source materials to share with your students.

We can help you identify relevant materials, scan them for use by your classes, and upload them as an e-reserve in Canvas. Use Class Request and select a library to get started.

Please request a class or get in touch with us with at least four weeks notice if you’re interested in any of the above, or if you’d like to work with us on other ways to bring our collections into your classes.


We can find, share, and contextualize physical objects remotely to help students explore material for their projects. Through active learning with our staff and primary source materials, students grow as researchers. Working with our our interdisciplinary experts, students and faculty can develop new projects and assignments.

To foster discovery for your students, we will work with you to:

  • Suggest objects to support learning objectives
  • Create custom, “on demand” videos of staff interacting with objects
  • Curate images and 3D models
  • Film live sessions with materials
  • Offer guides to collections and to navigating online search and discovery.

To develop students’ analytical skills and engage their imaginations, we can:

  • Design engaging activities to develop students’ analytical skills with material culture
  • Lead breakout rooms with live discussions
  • Design and monitor asynchronous activities
  • Brainstorm and coordinate the potential for distribution of physical facsimiles and other experiences with material objects

To assist students as they develop projects, we're ready to:  

  • Provide research support with live chat
  • Offer Zoom consultations with librarians
  • Mentor students in methods of material culture and digital scholarship
  • Create and populate online community spaces