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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.
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About Hovercams

Announcing, Hovercams in the Reading Room! 

The Schlesinger Library is pleased to announce that we have installed and are beta-testing sixteen Hovercams in the Carol K. Pforzheimer Reading Room.

What is a Hovercam?

Hovercams are high-resolution, standalone document cameras that you can attach to your Mac or PC. We have two cameras at every table. We invite you to stop by and try a new, easier way of taking your research images! 

What if I don't have a laptop?

We have two laptops available for researcher use. Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Click here to learn more.


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Who can Access the Library?

  • The Schlesinger Library is open to the public and no academic affiliation is required.

  • Readers younger than sixteen years old are welcome to use library materials when accompanied by an adult, or by prior arrangement.

  • While no appointment is necessary to use the library's holdings, researchers are strongly encouraged to contact the Library in advance of their visitMany of our collections are stored offsite, require permission to use, and/or have access restrictions. Please contact us through our Ask a Schlesinger Librarian form. 
  • Don't have a research project? Come by to see an exhibit or attend an event.



The Schlesinger Library is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Carol K. Pforzheimer Reading Room closes at 4:45pm. We are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. We are also closed on the following days:


May - September 2015

Memorial Day – Monday, May 25

Radcliffe Day  – Friday, May 29  

Independence Day (observed) - Friday, July 3

Labor Day - Monday, September 7


Directions & Accomodations

We are located in Radcliffe Yard, three blocks outside of Harvard Square at 3 James Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation, since parking is limited.


The Harvard University Travel Portal provides up-to-date information about area hotels and ground transportation




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