Research Assistant Library Privileges

Research Assistant library privileges are available to eligible library users who are conducting research for a Harvard University teaching faculty member, or who may need to borrow books on behalf of a Harvard University teaching faculty member.

Rules and Limitations

  • The Research Assistant Borrowing Privileges Card is valid at most Harvard University libraries.
  • These privileges are meant exclusively for individuals performing work on behalf of a faculty member and are not for personal use.
  • A maximum of three individuals are eligible to be assigned as Research Assistant to a faculty member at one time.
  • The Research Assistant card acts as a proxy for the faculty member, therefore loan periods mirror those that would be extended to the faculty member.
  • The faculty member is responsible for all recall, recall fines, and any lost books charged by the proxy Research Assistant.
  • Loan periods for borrowing, renewals, overdue fines, use of reserves, and other regulations are set by the individual libraries where this card is valid.


  • A $5 fee is assessed for the issuance of the Research Assistant Borrowing Privileges Card.

To Apply for or Renew Research Assistant Library Privileges

  • Complete and sign the Application for Research Assistant Library Privileges.
  • Bring the form in person to the Library Privileges Office, Widener Library, Room 130, Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm and Saturday: Noon - 5:00 pm.
  • Bring a payment of $5, along with a Photo ID, for issuance of the ID card.

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