Visiting Guidelines

Note: During summer 2022, responses to research requests may be delayed due to current staffing levels.

The Frances Loeb Library Special Collections Reading Room is open. Researchers interested in viewing items from the rare book, archival, or visual collections must request materials in advance of an anticipated visit. After a request is received and processed, a librarian will contact the researcher with information on how to schedule an appointment. Please see the information below for instructions on setting up a reading room account (required for all visitors), how to place requests, and scheduling appointments for our browsing collections.

The GSD is open to the public. Before entering the Frances Loeb Library, non-Harvard visitors must check-in with GSD Security at Gund Hall’s Quincy Street entrance. As outlined in the GSD's Reopening Guidelines, visitors are required to provide proof of vaccination (including a booster shot) and photo ID.

Non-HUID holding visitors are encouraged to arrive to Gund Hall 15 minutes before scheduled Special Collections Reading Room appointment to ensure time for registration upon Gund Hall entry.  Early arrivals to the Special Collections Reading Room cannot be accommodated. 

Hours

Monday to Friday from 11 AM to 4:30 PM, appointments accepted. 
For holiday other closures, please expand “Show Detailed Hours” on the Frances Loeb Library’s hours page

Availability of Materials

Many of our collections are stored off-site.  Items may take 1-3 business days to process before being available for your visit.

HOLLIS Special Request

All researchers are required to have a HOLLIS Special Request account. Harvard affiliates should sign in using their HarvardKey. First-time users will be asked to create an account.   

Discover & Request Collections

Browsing Collections

Both the Le Corbusier Research Collection and GSD Materials Collection are available for browsing in-person.  Researchers need a HOLLIS Special Request account and an appointment.  

When You Arrive

At Special Collections, reading room users are required to check in upon arrival and show one form of photo identification.  

  • Researchers are welcome to bring pencils, laptops, tablets, phones (in silent mode), digital cameras, and other materials to assist in their research. 
     
  • Researchers are asked to store items not permitted in the reading room, such as food and drink, bags, outerwear, and writing instruments other than pencils. 
     
  • Handling guidelines must be conscientiously followed in order to preserve library material for future use. Library staff are always available to provide guidance. 

Other Resources

Contact Us

If you have questions about a collection or if you want to inquire about obtaining reproductions of items or other services, please contact us through Ask a Design Librarian.