Gutman Library 2nd Floor Renovation FAQs*

*These FAQs will be updated throughout the project to reflect changes in services, access to collections, and more. Please contact the Library with any questions or concerns.*

January 2023 Hours & Services

Hours and services will change periodically throughout January to prepare for a move into the newly renovated portion of the 2nd floor. The following services and hours will be updated throughout the month to reflect changes in services, access to collections, and more.

As of Friday, January 27, 2023:

  • Available
    • Research Services: research appointment (virtual) and drop-in (Monday - Friday, 9 to 5 pm EST)
    • Circulation Services (i.e., access to the new services desk, book shelves, and Borrow Direct and ILL materials)
    • Public desktop computers, printers, photocopying, and scanners
    • Individual, quiet study space: please see the "Where can I find individual, quiet study areas?" section below.
    • Restrooms: 2nd floor restrooms are available

Why is Gutman Library's 2nd floor being renovated?

The project is bringing together many of HGSE's student-facing services so there is a "one-stop shop" on Gutman Library's 2nd floor. This project brings the Library together with the Office of Student Affairs, Career Services, and the Office of Academic Affairs so students will be able to access research assistance, writing, communication, academic coaching, career, and academic program services all on one floor.

Additionally, the Library is also getting updated furniture, additional reading rooms, gender inclusive restrooms, more collaborative study spaces, and new innovative spaces to support advancing the community's digital needs, data visualization abilities, and presentation skills.

What is the timeline of the renovation project?

  • Phase 1 of the construction project ran from April 2022 to January 2023 (one half of the 2nd floor).
  • Phase 2 takes place from January 2023 to August 2023 (other half of the 2nd floor).

How do I get to the 2nd floor?

Pathways to the 2nd floor will change periodically throughout the project:

  • Available during all phases: main elevators
  • Available periodically: side stairwells (There will be signage when side stairwells are closed for construction use only.)
  • Not available during Phase 2: central stairwell

Where can I find individual, quiet study areas? 

Individual study space is available on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th floors of the Gutman Library building. Each floor has varying degrees of activity. The 1st floor is the busiest, whereas the 3rd and 4th floors are comparatively quiet, but not silent. 

You can also find study spaces on other parts of the Harvard University campus using the Harvard Library Find a Space tool.

Where can I find group study rooms?  

Please use EMS, HGSE's Reservation System to find available rooms at HGSE.  

The study rooms on the 2nd floor are unavailable throughout construction. Once Phase 2 is completed, several new study/meeting rooms will debut on the 2nd floor.

Why am I not seeing request links on all Gutman Library books in HOLLIS?

While we shift some collections materials to our off-site library facilities, some materials will not be available for requesting. Please Ask Us if you have questions or concerns about any collections materials you want to borrow or use. 

Can I still request books from other libraries and pick them up at Gutman Library? 

Yes, you can request books from other Harvard libraries through HOLLIS, Borrow Direct, or Interlibrary Loan for pickup at the 2nd floor circulation desk. Review the HOLLIS User Guide for more information on accessing collections materials through the Harvard Library system.

I need research assistance. Where are HGSE's librarians? 

HGSE's librarians offer drop-in support and virtual appointments. 

If dropping by in-person, ask for help first at the circulation desk. The staff at the circulation desk can direct you to a research librarian. Please check Gutman Library's hours page for service modes and times.

You can also use our Ask Us online form to ask your question, and we will email you back. Or you can also make an appointment with us.

Will there still be books on the 2nd floor after the renovation?

Yes! The Library is carefully curating which books will remain on-site and which will be moved to off-site location, but remain requestable through HOLLIS. We estimate that we'll retain about 55,000 print volumes within the renovated Gutman Library. Our overall collection of print books continues to be more than 200,000 items, and we are committed to growing our e-book collections for easy online access. Remember, as members of the Harvard Library system, all HGSE community members have access to over 20 million print and digital volumes, which constitute the world's largest academic library.