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Library Resources for Graduating Seniors, Class of 2018: Home

Using Harvard Libraries after graduation

Access to Harvard libraries ON CAMPUS

Harvard Alumni/ae are eligible to receive a free-of-charge Stacks Access Card (from the Widener Library Privileges Office), valid at FAS libraries for a 12-month period from the date of issue, or you may purchase a Special Borrowers Card according to these fees:

  • 1 Year: $200
  • 6 months: $125
  • 3 months: $75
  • For Alumni/ae 65 years and older the fee is $50/year

And if you'd like to bring family / friends into the FAS libraries after Commencement, both these options let grads bring up to 4 guests at a time into the college libraries.

Contact the Library Privileges Office at 617-495-4166 or or visit them on the 1st floor of Widener during business hours.

E-Resources Access On-site

All the electronic resources licensed for FAS are available to alums on-site in Harvard's libraries via library computers (but not via personal laptops or devices) for the purposes of research, teaching, and private study.

Openly Available Resources

License agreements and copyright laws prevent the Library from offering complete access to our online library to alumni/ae. There is a large and growing body of literature, however, that is available to all, thanks to library digitization projects, the Open Access movement, and a variety of other efforts. Here are links to some of the best:

DASH: Harvard's open access repository for research by Harvard community members. DASH includes scholarly articles and some theses and dissertations.

Digital Public Library of America: Online books, maps, photos, and much more from libraries, archives, and museums, freely available to all.

Directory of Open Access Journals: An index and search engine that provides direct links to journals and journal articles that are open to all.

ERIC: A wide variety of journal and non-journal literature in the field of education. Note: Not all material is available in full text.

Hathi Trust: A collaboration of the large libraries that provided their collections to the Google Books Project, this site is a repository of those books and others produced through local digitization projects. Material that is out of copyright (generally, that published before 1923) is open to all. Note: Not all titles are available in full text. The HathiTrust institutional login that permits downloading PDFs for offline use is not currently working for Alumni/ae. We are investigating potential solutions.

Internet Archive: Digitized books, journals, audio, video, and more, all free. In addition to contemporary texts, includes a wealth of digitized historical material. 

Project Gutenberg: Over 49,000 free books available in a variety of downloadable formats.

PubMed Central (PMC):Repository of articles produced with the support of NIH research grants and made publically available within 12 months of publication. Note: Not all titles and articles are available in full text.

WorldCat from OCLC: this is the publicly-available version of WorldCat, the world's largest library catalog. Use it to locate books in a library near you.

Known Issues for online resources

Some databases provide links to sign in, even when you have already logged in through HarvardKey: Some databases offer the ability to create and sign in to a personal account. This sign in is not required to use Licensed Electronic Resources. Once you have logged in to HarvardKey, you can start your research.

Purple Find it@Harvard Buttons do not work correctly: Please use the Full text links directly within the site. Affected sites: Cambridge Companions Online, Cambridge Histories Online, Oxford Art Online, Oxford Music Online. We are investigating potential solutions.

HathiTrust PDF downloads are unavailable: The HathiTrust institutional login that permits downloading PDFs for offline use is not currently working for Alumni/ae. We are investigating potential solutions. You may still view full text online when available.

HarvardKey does not work for library access, or borrowing and renewing books: Alumni/ae with an Alumni/ae Special Borrower Card must continue to use that card to access the library and borrow books. You must also use the card number and PIN to sign in to HOLLIS+ when renewing books. We are investigating potential solutions. Learn more about Library access and borrowing privileges.

Links to Electronic Resources from HOLLIS+, search engines, and elsewhere will not work for Alumni/ae: You must access the Licensed Electronic Resources using the links on this website. Please bookmark this page for easy access.

All things Alumni/ae

Find a list of services and resources for alumni/ae on the Alumni Services and Resources page.

To see what Harvard Alumni can offer you, get in touch with their Help Desk at: or 617-496-0559 or 800-823-2478 Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.

Access to Harvard libraries REMOTELY

To access Electronic Resources remotely:

  • Go to the How To Use Harvard Library as an Alum page and click on the Electronic Resources option at the top of the page.
  • Then click on the name of the resource you'd like to access.
  • Enter your HarvardKey login and password to access the resource (this is a good time to update your information, such as e-mail, phone, address, etc).

Electronic Resources Licensed for Alumni/ae Remote Use

Full-text articles from over 7,000 journals and 600 e-books are available to alumni/ae at this time. These currently include:

  • ABI/Inform Complete: Largely full-text database combining scholarly journals, trade publications, newspapers and more in business and management, including economic conditions, accounting, and finance. Note: The Wall Street Journal is not available in this collection.
  • ACI Scholarly Blog Index: Curated collection of posts from scholarly blogs. Includes a summary and the full text of each post.
  • American Medical Association Journals: Full-text access to the current issues and archives of JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, and all of the other JAMA journals.
  • Annual Reviews: Full text of critical reviews of the research literature in disciplines within the biomedical, life, physical, and social sciences, including economics.
  • ATLASerials, Religion Collection: Full-text articles and book reviews from journals selected by leading religion scholars in the United States. This database is produced by the American Theological Library Association.
  • Cambridge Companions Online: An e-book series providing introductions to major writers, philosophers, and artists and musicians.
  • Cambridge Histories Online: An e-book series of works published since 1960 on general and regional history, literary studies, philosophy, and religion.
  • CQ Press Library: Includes the CQ Almanac, Voting and Elections Collection, and a broad range of local and state data.
  • EBSCO Academic Search Alumni Edition: A scholarly collection of journals covering the major areas of academic research. Note: Not all titles are available in full text.
  • HeinOnline Law Journal Library: Full text of legal periodicals from all 50 states in the U.S. and from many other countries. All charts, graphs, photographs and footnotes are included. Note: Not all titles are available in full text.
  • Henry Stewart Talks Biomedical and Life Science Collection: Online audio-visual seminars on current topics in medicine and the basic sciences including genetics, drug discovery, microbiology and virology, cancer, and more, presented by faculty from leading universities and research centers. Note: Adobe Flash required. Please see Site Requirements for more information.
  • JSTOR: Full-text coverage of core scholarly journals. Note: Current issues are available for some, but not most, journals in JSTOR.
  • Oxford Art Online: The access point for Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and other Oxford art reference resources. Covering all periods of art, content includes wide ranging encyclopedia essays, biographies, images, definitions of art terms, bibliographies, and research guides. Note: The Find it @Harvard button found next to bibliography entries currently does not work.
  • Oxford English Dictionary: Widely regarded as the authoritative English language dictionary. Online edition is updated regularly. Note: The "Search for this in your library" links currently do not work.
  • Oxford Music Online: The access point for Grove Music Online and other Oxford music reference resources. Note: The Find it @Harvard button found next to bibliography entries currently does not work.
  • Plunkett Research: Database of company and industry information, including market research and industry trends, industry statistics, company profiles, and downloadable tables. Especially useful for industries that are challenging to research such as "green technologies."
  • Project Muse: Standard Journal Collection—Full text of scholarly journals published by university presses and scholarly societies in the humanities and the social sciences.
  • Sage Journals: Provides the full text of journals in the social sciences and humanities, health sciences, life and biomedical sciences, and material sciences and engineering.
  • Sage Research Methods: Includes case studies, articles, and other materials on research methods.

HOLLIS Quick Tips

To learn how to search the new HOLLIS system expertly (and quickly) take a look at this HOLLIS Quick Tips guide. (Note: under "Sign in," you will not be able to "See restricted articles if you're not on a library computer" through HOLLIS; you have to go through the Electronic Resources Licensed for Alumni/ae remote use to get full-text articles.)

If you have thoughts about the new system or encounter any problems, please use the Let Us Know What You Think feedback form and share your thoughts -- the system continues to evolve and we need your feedback.

Have a question not answered here?

For Individual Library Alumni/ae Privileges and for Archives & Special Collections access, please see this Visiting & Borrowing section on the How to Use the Harvard Library as an Alum page.

Get in touch with an individual librarian via the library liaisons page.

Use our Ask a Librarian service [we usually respond to questions within 24 hours (M-F)].

E-mail Steven Beardsley, Associate Director for Access Services Administrative Operations and Special Projects (