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Planning a Visit to Schlesinger Library

We look forward to seeing you! The Schlesinger Library is open to the public and welcomes all visitors. The Schlesinger Library is a non-circulating, special collection within the Harvard Library.

The Essentials

1. Contact us in advance of your visit

  • Appointments are not required, but please use our Ask a Schlesinger Librarian form to contact us about your visit.
    • We can recommend additional sources and provide in-depth research help.
    • Many of our collections are stored off-site and some have access restrictions.
    • Access to some formats, such as A/V materials and oversized items, require advance notice.
  • See this research guide for more detailed information about placing requests.


2. Document Cameras available in Reading Room 

  • Each table is equipped with document cameras. Learn more and download the software.
  • Prefer to use your own camera or phone? No problem, just turn off your flash and leave your camera case and tripod behind.

3. What to bring

  • A form of photo identification. You will present your identification at the reception desk and complete a brief registration form. 
  • Pencils, digital cameras, laptops, and flash drives are welcome in the Reading Room. We have extras of all of these items to lend. 
  • Leave notebooks, folders, jackets, wallets, computer and camera cases, and bags in our lockers. We provide lined loose-leaf paper.