A Note from the Library Director

On behalf of the Monroe C. Gutman Library team, I extend warm winter and early spring greetings to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends!

While Gutman Library is the social and intellectual heart of HGSE, also we are the premiere education subject library for Harvard University, the greater Boston-Cambridge community, and educators and education historians near and far. Our work advances the research, teaching, and service missions of the School and the University. Gutman Library, one of Harvard’s seven professional school libraries, is a member of the university-wide Harvard Library system, which comprises the largest academic library collection and personnel in the world.

Our onsite, circulating collections include over 50,000 print volumes. Current HGSE community members have access to our online subscriptions and e-books. Our additional 200,000+ print research and special collections are securely stored offsite in environmentally controlled conditions. With advanced planning, these collection items can be requested for use. Spanning two centuries, the Gutman Library Special Collections offer rich and varied resources for studying the history of schooling and learning in America. Distinctive collections include:


We aim for inclusive educational experiences on the HGSE campus, and we want everyone to feel safe within our environment. While masks are not required, they are recommended them for your well-being.

To take best advantage of Gutman Library, here are a few notes to consider:
1. Be sure to ask for help! In January 2023, we opened many of our newly renovated 2nd floor spaces. Check out our Renovation FAQs and updates for latest information about the renovation.

2. The renovated areas include a new library services help desk; two study areas for silent or quiet work; a computing area with a scanner, copier, and printer; new multipurpose conference rooms that will also be available for the Writing Center & Communications Lab; a Special Collections reading room; and library personnel work spaces.
3. Already renovated spaces are available to use such as our upgraded 4th floor open study spaces and our renovated open-air, roof-top patio.

4. We offer expanded consulting services in digital scholarship, critical pedagogy, and research data management support. Also, get to know your program librarians.
5. Visit our 1st floor Gutman Gallery and attend our in-person and virtual book talks for the latest intersections of scholarship, culture, education, and policy research.
5. Lastly, make use of our affiliated services and spaces such as --

Life is likely harder for most of us than ever before. Thus, it is important for academic libraries to embrace open education resources (OER) to help reduce out-of-pocket textbook costs for students. Gutman Library supports OER use, and we are investing in further OER programming. We also want to support HGSE authors to understand and negotiate their publication rights and to provide the tools and expertise needed for innovative digital scholarship and scholarly communication.

My colleagues and I want to hear from you! Share your ideas about how we can build stronger partnerships in research, teaching, learning, and service by writing to me at alex_hodges@gse.harvard.edu or by contacting your designated HGSE program, foundation, or concentration liaison librarian via our online form.

Best wishes for the spring semester ahead!

Alex R. Hodges
HGSE Librarian and Director, Monroe C. Gutman Library