1. READ THE NEWS -- ON US!
2. SEE A MOVIE -- FOR FREE -- AT THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE.
The HFA, a division of the Harvard Library, is free to students, so take advantage of its bounty! Its calendar is online.
3. STREAM SOMETHING FUN ON YOUR OWN DEVICE.
We have streaming video to suit just about any taste and mood, from feature films to documentaries to BBC productions of Shakespeare's plays.
Have a look at our streaming video guide for resource suggestions that will take you beyond Netflix, Prime, and HBO Max!
4. CREATE A NEW AND AMAZING PLAYLIST.
And hip-hop fans should look into the super-cool Classic Crates collection, a partnership between our Loeb Music Library and the Hutchins Center's Hip Hop Archive.
5. FIND A GOOD READ IN LAMONT'S FARNSWORTH COLLECTION.
Nestled on the 3rd floor of Lamont Library is our leisure reading collection, built for Harvard students (and often with their input). It's a glorious grab bag of genres -- with everything from mysteries and popular histories to graphic novels, cookbooks, crafting books, travel writing, and more.
Browse onsite, or have a look online at some of the 2023 books that have arrived there.
You can even search the collection by adding keywords to this special HOLLIS search.
Lamont's New Book Shelves on Level 1 also make for great perusing. Student workers choose the titles we display there.
6. ENJOY A NIGHT IN -- AT THE OPERA.
Our Met Opera on Demand database gives you instant access to more than 700 full-length Met performances.
7. TREAT YOURSELF TO A GREAT EXHIBIT.
8. TAKE A POETRY BREAK NOW AND THEN.
The Woodberry Poetry Room (on Lamont's 3rd floor) is a little architectural jewel, and sponsors many live readings and special events each semester.
From your own computer, you can go into the WPR Listening Booth and hear the greats -- past and present.
And on selected Wednesdays throughout the term, you can even write your own masterpiece on poet John Ashbery's Royal KMM typewriter.
9. GET BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY AND CAMBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY CARDS.
As a Harvard student and (technically) a MA resident for the better part of each year, you have virtual as well as physical access to the Boston Public Library (register with Harvard email address from a U.S. location) and the Cambridge Public Library.
Perks of a public library card: e-books and audiobooks that Harvard doesn't offer you, readable on your personal device, online language learning programs, and more.