Harvard College Library


The Harvard College Library (HCL) is actually a system of libraries that support the teaching and research activities of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the University, and the larger scholarly community. Librarians throughout the HCL libraries offer a variety of services to users: assistance at reference desks, individual consultations by appointment, IM reference service, and course-related research instruction. They compose research guides on almost every subject offered in the College and make them available online (www.hcl.harvard.edu/research/guides).

In addition to the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library—which is the University’s flagship—HCL includes:

  • Cabot Science Library

  • Fine Arts Library

  • Fung Library

  • Harvard Film Archive

  • Harvard Map Collection

  • Harvard Theatre Collection

  • Harvard–Yenching Library

  • Houghton Library

  • Lamont Library

  • Loeb Music Library

  • Quad Library

  • Tozzer Library