What can the HKS Library do for you?

After graduation, the librarians at Harvard Kennedy School Library & Knowledge Services are still here to help.

Ask Us! Although we are unable to provide alumni with information from Harvard's subscription databases, we can help you locate the research you need through free resources or provide you with citations for articles or books that you can request through Interlibrary Loan services at you local library.

Harvard Library provides alumni with a select list of databases including several with full text scholarly articles and books. Use your Harvard Key for access.

On-site Use of HKS Library & Knowledge Services
Borrow books in-person with a HKS Alumni Library Card and access all Harvard-wide databases using one of our guest computers.

Access to Free Harvard Databases for Alumni

Visitors, including alumni, can use the two computers in the Library Commons for access to all library resources. Printing for these computers costs $.08/per page and requires payment through Crimson Cash either on a Crimson Cash Card or on a Harvard University ID. Crimson Cash Cards can be purchased and value added to them at the Crimson Cash Value Transfer Station available right outside the HKS Library between the vending machines. Money can be added to the cards or IDs online at https://cash.harvard.edu. 

For remote users Harvard Library now provides access to several databases using your Harvard Key. Go to For Harvard Alumni for more information.


In-person Access to Library Collections


HKS Library Research Guides

Be sure to take a look at our other research guides. These guides include links to websites that are freely available to all researchers.