Library Access

  • All students have access to online library resources, through Harvard Key.
  • Harvard Library spaces began reopening this Fall 2021 semester. See this news article for more details. Currently, for Harvard Extension School, only degree candidates and premedical program participants are eligible to visit campus. Find more details in the ID Cards and Campus Access section of the HES COVID-19 Updates page, and email with any questions.
  • For help with online research, use the Research Help page on this guide.

Borrowing and Get It Services

  • Scan and Deliver, which offers an electronic scan of book chapters (two per book not exceeding 20% of the work) or journal articles (two per issue) is available to all students.
  • Interlibrary Loan may be used remotely for online articles and book chapters to which Harvard doesn't have access. Print materials for Interlibrary Loan, and BorrowDirect, are only available to students on-campus, as these materials must be picked-up and returned on-campus to one of the FAS libraries within Harvard Library.
  • The Borrow, Renew and Return Library Materials webpage contains information about borrowing, renewing and returning, and accessing materials.
  • BorrowDirect Plus offers students the ability to visit Borrow Direct Plus institutions throughout the United States and receive a library card to borrow materials. (Availability of this program may vary, as some institutions might not allow visitors because of their COVID-19 policies.) 
  • A How to Use Your Harvard Key guide helps explain various ways to get online articles for free through Harvard.


Special Collections and Archives

Alumni Access