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Requesting Materials from Schlesinger Library

Getting Started with HOLLIS Special Request

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, including copy requests. This includes all members of a research team planning a visit to the Library. Information for research teams or researchers coordinating with a research proxy is available on our Research Teams Guide.
(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 access in a Reading Room
  • Track the status and history of your requests
  • Order copies of materials
  • Save lists of material to be requested later

Collection materials, including books, periodicals, and manuscript collections, can be requested through HOLLIS, Harvard library's online catalog. Requests for manuscript and archival material with an associated finding aid (guides describing the contents of archival collections) should be made directly from the finding aid in HOLLIS for Archival Discovery

Researchers are encouraged to place requests by 2:00pm one business day in advance of your visit so we can confirm access to items with restrictions or arrange for delivery if stored offsite. Please note that we are able to request up to 10 boxes from off-site storage per researcher per day. Please share your questions with us using the Ask a Schlesinger Librarian webform.

Quick Start: Using HOLLIS Special Request

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