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Requesting Materials from Schlesinger Library

Getting Started with HOLLIS Special Request

June 30, 2022

The Schlesinger Library Reading Room is open Monday–Friday from 10:00 to 3:45, with the building closing to researchers at 4:00. Please review current access policies.

Please note: Although not required, masking is encouraged in the Schlesinger Library Reading Room.


Schlesinger Library's materials are requestable using your HOLLIS Special Request account, which allows you to place and manage your requests for access to Schlesinger Library’s materials. HOLLIS Special Request is available to Harvard and non-Harvard researchers and can be used at any participating Harvard library or archives.

All researchers will need to have a HOLLIS Special Request account to request Schlesinger Library materials.
(Note: If you have an existing HOLLIS Special Request account you use to request from Harvard’s other special collections libraries, that account also works with Schlesinger Library’s materials!)

With your HOLLIS Special Request account you can:

  • Request material to view in a Reading Room
  • Track the status and history of your requests
  • Order copies of materials
  • Save lists of material to be requested later

Nearly all collection materials, including books, periodicals, and manuscript collections, can be requested through HOLLIS, Harvard library's online catalog. Requests for manuscript and archival material can also be made directly from finding aids (guides describing the contents of archival collections) in HOLLIS for Archival Discovery.

Researchers are encouraged to place requests for up to 10 boxes in advance of your visit so we can confirm access to items with restrictions or arrange for delivery if stored offsite. Please share your questions with us using the Ask a Schlesinger Librarian webform.

Quick Start: Using HOLLIS Special Request

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