Everyone needs a break sometimes and this guide is your one-stop place to find the perfect relaxing activity for when you just have to take some time away from your exam studying/paper writing/bar prep. Whether you are new in the area or just not sure what the library has to offer for recreation, this is the guide for you!
Thank you to Meg Kribble for creating the initial version of this guide.
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Located right here in Harvard Square since 1953, the Brattle Theatre is a great place to find the best movies whether they are award-winners, classics, foreign films or independent movies. They also frequently host special events. You can see some of their upcoming events listed below. Check out their full calendar for more upcoming events!
The Harvard Film Archive’s cinematheque presents films Friday through Monday nights year round. Open to the public, all screenings are held in the Archive's 200-seat theater featuring state-of-the-art film and digital projection located in the historic Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Regular HFA screenings are free to all Harvard students with student ID!
The HFA frequently runs series dedicated to directors, actors, genres, and regions, and frequently hosts talks with filmmakers and actors.
Harvard's collection includes a number of streaming video services. Here are highlights covering film and the performing arts.
Did you know that the Law School has a collection of popular films on DVD? Housed in the Lemann Lounge, all DVDs in this collection circulate for 7 days. You can find the full list from HOLLIS here.
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Lamont Library has an entire collection of popular fiction and other leisure reading materials in their Farnsworth Room on the 3rd floor of the Library.
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Did you know that the Library has several chess tables, complete with pieces in their drawers) on the third floor of the library? Whether you are a chess master or a complete novice, take a break with a quick game any time the library is open.
If chess isn't your favorite game, head to the Microforms Room on the second floor for our selection of table top games. Our collection was recently expanded by popular vote and includes:
|Scrabble (with dictionary!)||Go|
|Cards Against Humanity||Cranium|
|Passing the Bar||Ticket to Ride|
|Trivial Pursuit||Apples to Apples|
|Settlers of Catan||Seafarers of Cataan|
If you'd rather take a game home for the evening "check out" our collection of circulating table top games and outdoor equipment. You can see the full list below. Just ask at Circulation if you want to check any of them out.
|Settlers of Catan||Jenga|
Those looking for health and wellness support need look no further than Live Well @HLS. They provide everything from relaxation exercises to chair massages to cooking classes over the course of the entire year.
Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) offers Harvard students comprehensive outpatient care for a wide variety of mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression, stress/crisis management, transitional issues, grief, and eating, sexual or relationship concerns.
CAMHS is available via urgent care as well as regular appointments. And did you know? The HLS HUHS clinic has a licensed social worker with a JD on staff!
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