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About the Harvard College Library

Founded in 1638, Harvard has a rich legacy of libraries that continues into the 21st century. Over 70 libraries comprise the Harvard Library system, with combined holdings of over 16 million items. More than 11 million of those items are part of the collection of a centrally administered unit within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences that is referred to as the Harvard College Library (HCL). HCL includes Widener, Lamont, Birkhoff Mathematical, Cabot Science, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Fine Arts, Fung, Harvard-Yenching, Houghton, Loeb Music, Physics Research, and Tozzer libraries and the Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Map Collection, and the Harvard Theatre Collection and many departmental libraries.

HCL collections span major collections in the sciences, social sciences, fine arts, music, humanities, film, maps, theatre, government documents, and rare books and manuscripts.  The collection also spans materials in over 100 languages.  HCL provides library services to the faculty and students of Harvard as well as the world-wide community of scholars and researchers.

Office of the Librarian

Office of the Librarian
Widener Library, Room 110
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

9 am–5 pm, Monday–Friday

The Roy E. Larsen Librarian of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences is responsible for the leadership and administration of the major libraries and numerous departmental and specialized libraries within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). The Librarian is assisted by the Associate Librarian for Research, Teaching, and Learning, the Associate Librarian for Collection Development, and the Director of Administration and Finance.

HCL Committees

At the request of the Dean of FAS, in 2012, the FAS Libraries (those within the Harvard College Library (HCL) structure as well as those associated directly with FAS departments, institutes, and museums) have been working to develop a mission and vision for a coordinated organization. While the FAS Libraries have a long history of working collaboratively to meet the needs of faculty and patrons, this work represents the first time that the leadership of the FAS Libraries have collaborated to articulate a shared purpose. Having a common mission and vision will allow the FAS Libraries to work together to support the priorities of the FAS.

The FAS Library Directors and HCL Senior Managers who are working to further a coordinated organization include:

  • Sarah Adams, Loeb Music Library
  • Olha Aleksic, Ukranian Research Institute
  • Mary Francis Angelini, Grossman Library
  • Laura Blake, HCl Head of Services for Academic Programs
  • Jeff Bernhard, HUIT
  • James Cheng, Harvard Yenching Library
  • Christopher Erdmann, Wolbach Library
  • Susan Fliss, Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Research, Teaching, and Learning
  • Tom Hyry, Houghton Library
  • Eric Johnson-DeBaufre, Robbins Library of Philosophy
  • Andrew Laplume, Associate Director of FAS Library Facilities
  • Katie McGrath, Director of Administration
  • Lisa Pearson, Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library
  • Constance Rinaldo, Ernst Meyer Library
  • Lynne Schmelz, Cabot, Tozzer, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics Libraries
  • Martin Schreiner, HCL Head of Maps, Media, Data, and Government Information
  • Sarah Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian
    Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Hugh Truslow, Fung Library
  • Judith Warnement, Botany Libraries
  • Shalimar Fojas White, Acting Librarian for the Fine Arts Library
  • Martha Wooster, Gordon McKay Library and Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory Library

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