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Planning a Visit to Schlesinger Library

We look forward to seeing you! The Schlesinger Library is open to the public and welcomes all visitors. The Schlesinger Library is a non-circulating, special collection within the Harvard Library.

The Essentials

1. Contact us in advance of your visit

 

  • Use our Ask a Schlesinger Librarian form
  • We can recommend additional sources and provide in-depth research help
  • Many of our collections are stored offsite and/or have access restrictions

 

2. Document Cameras available in Reading Room 
 

  • Each table is equipped with document cameras. Learn more and download the software.
  • Prefer to use your own camera? No problem, just turn off your flash and leave your camera case and tripod behind.

3. What to bring
 

  • Pencils, loose-leaf paper, digital cameras, laptops, and flash drives are welcome in the Reading Room. We have extras of all of these items to lend. 
  • Leave notebooks, folders, jackets, wallets, computer and camera cases, and bags in our lockers.