Disability Services

HCL libraries are committed to providing equal access to collections, services, and programs for all Harvard students, faculty, and staff. To this end, library staff will make every reasonable effort to assist users with disabilities. We strongly advise telephone or e-mail inquiries in advance of on-site visits.

The services that are available at all HCL libraries include: assistance with physical access to the buildings, retrieval of materials from the stacks, assistance with searching HOLLIS or other electronic resources, photocopying, and reference and other assistance by appointment.

See Multimedia Resources & Computers for information about adaptive technologies available in some libraries.


Cabot Science Library
Disability Services

Cabot Science Library is located on the first floor of the Science Center. Access is through the doors facing the north gates of Harvard Yard. Elevators and bathrooms within the library and the Science Center are accessible.

There are six wheelchair accessible workstations and a networked printer in the reference area. Two workstations in the reference area are equipped with Zoomtext 8.0. There is an accessible elevator within the library. Inquire at the Circulation Desk for the key.

Circulation Desk staff will assist patrons with out-of-reach items.

For more information or to arrange for assistance in advance contact:
Allen Bourque, Head of Circulation and Technical Services
E-mail
617-496-8805
617-595-5324

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Fine Arts Library
Disability Services

At Littauer

Access to the Fine Arts Library is available at the back of the Littauer building on ground level. Enter and take the elevator to the first floor and follow signs to the library. Accessible restrooms are also available.

Large-print computer workstation monitors are available.

Circulation Desk staff will assist patrons with out-of-reach items.

For more information or to arrange for assistance in advance contact:

Access Services
E-mail
617-384-7922

Digital Images & Slides Collection at Sackler

Enter the building via the ramp to the right of the main entrance of Sackler Museum. Take the elevator to the basement level and follow signs to the collection. Accesible restrooms are available.

For more information or to arrange for assistance in advance contact:

Spruill Harder
E-mail
617-495-4982

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Fung Library
Disability Services

The Fung Library is accessible through the main entrance of the Knafel Building on Cambridge Street. Take the elevator one floor down to the concourse level for the library. Elevators and accessible bathrooms are located just outside the library entrance.

Circulation Desk staff will assist patrons with out-of-reach items.

For more information or to arrange for assistance in advance contact the Circulation Desk at 617-496-0485.

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Harvard-Yenching Library
Disability Services

Access to the library is through the side entrance of the building. An elevator and accessible restroom and telephone are available. There is no wheelchair access to the second floor; access to floors other than the first is possible but requires special arrangements.

For more information or to arrange for assistance in advance contact:
Access Services
E-mail
617-495-2756

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Houghton Library
Disability Services

Houghton's front door is accessible via a short flight of steps up from the level of Quincy Street. For wheelchair access, please contact Public Services at 617-495-2440 to make an appointment.

In order to preserve relative quiet for our readers, we ask laptop computer users to turn off all audible features if possible. Readers who need to work with specially equipped machines, including text-to-speech, should contact Reading Room staff in advance to be sure of accommodations.

Magnifying glasses and table lamps are available upon request in the Reading Room.

For more information or to arrange for assistance in advance contact:
Public Services
617-495-2440
or
Librarian's Office
617-495-2441

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Lamont Library *
Disability Services

* Including Government Documents and the Woodberry Poetry Room

The Lamont building is wheelchair accessible by a ramp located to the left of the main entrance, near Quincy Street. There are two elevators: the east elevator services all floors of the library; the west elevator does not service the fourth floor.

Many of the workstations in Research Services on Level B are wheelchair accessible. On the first floor, there is a workstation that accesses the Language Resource Center’s server.

Patrons registered with the Accessible Education Office may request to have circulating materials picked up in advance by sending an e-mail that includes a full bibliographic citation (title, author, and call number) of each title you wish to have paged from the stacks. Please request no more than 10 items from the stacks per day. The request will be confirmed by e-mail and the items will be kept on the Hold Shelf at the Circulation Desk.

Lamont has a TTY/TDD pay phone, located on Level B near the side entrance to Research Services.

JAWS software is available at a work station on the first floor located in the first alcove on the right after you have entered the building. Please ask at the Circulation Desk for assistance.

For more information or to arrange for assistance in advance contact:

Lamont Government Documents Woodberry Poetry Room
Access Services
E-mail
617-495-2452
Research Services
E-mail
617-495-2106

Christina Davis
Curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room
E-mail
617-495-2454

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Loeb Music Library
Disability Services

The library is accessible from the Music Building (Paine Hall) entrance. Follow the signs down the main corridor to the library entrance. An elevator services all floors of the library.

Library staff are available to retrieve any materials on request. Computer workstations, listening facilities, and work surfaces are all accessible.

For more information or to arrange for assistance in advance contact:
Public Services
E-mail
617-495-2794

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Harvard Map Collection and Harvard Theatre Collection
Disability Services

Both the Map Collection and the Theatre Collection are located on Level P1 of Pusey Library, which is accessible through the Lamont West Entrance or the front door of Lamont Library. Please call in advance to make arrangements to visit. Please note that the Harvard Theatre Collection materials are only accessible through Houghton Library.

Map Collection
617-495-2417

Theatre Collection
617-495-2445

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Tozzer Library
Disability Services

The front entrance to the Tozzer Anthropology Building on Divinity Avenue and the rear courtyard building entrance are wheelchair accessible, as is the door to the library on the first floor. There is an elevator connecting the Divinity Avenue and courtyard lobbies to the first floor, and an interior elevator connecting the ground and first floors in the library. Restrooms are wheelchair accessible.

For more information or to arrange for assistance in advance contact:

Access Services Staff: 617-495-2253

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Widener Library
Disability Services

Enter the library through the Mass. Ave. Door at the back of the building. The security guard can give you directions. Elevators go to all levels of the building and most bathrooms are accessible.

The Newspaper and Microfilm Reading Room, on the first floor has two computers equipped with Zoomtext 8.0 and JAWS software; one has the capability to play back materials in CD format. Headphones for use with JAWS are available at the desk. A CCTV system for enlarging printed text is available upon request. 

Users with disabilities are advised to schedule a preliminary, in-person consultation to discuss their research and physical access needs and for a brief orientation to the building and library services.

For further information contact:
Francesca Giacchino, Assistant Head of Circulation
E-mail
Tel: 617-495-2414

Paging Materials

After a preliminary research consultation, you can request materials in advance via e-mail. The message should include a full bibliographic citation (title, author, and call number) of each title you wish to have paged from the stacks. Please request no more than 10 items from the stacks per day. If you have a Harvard ID and PIN, materials that are in the Harvard Depository (HD) or already on loan may be requested or recalled through the HOLLIS catalog. The number of items requested from HD is not limited. You will receive an e-mail when items are ready to be picked up. Materials are usually available within 24 to 48 hours. Circulating items may be picked up at the Widener Circulation Desk. Non-circulating items and bound periodicals must be used in the Phillips Reading Room.

For more information on paging services contact:
Phillips Reading Room Supervisor
E-mail
Tel: 617-384-9421

Scanning and Photocopying Materials

A wheelchair-accessible self-service scanner is located in the Phillips Reading Room. ADA-compliant photocopiers are located throughout Widener Library. Patrons who cannot operate the self-service copiers due to a disability may take materials to Imaging Services on the ground floor of Widener, Monday–Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Staff will photocopy at the same rate as self-service copiers. (For copying and scanning cost information, see Copiers/Scanners.) Imaging Services will accept orders arranged in advance for materials held in Widener. You must provide a full bibliographic citation and the call number of the book. Reproductions of Harvard College Library materials are subject to Licensing and Copyright restrictions.

For materials that cannot be removed from the Library, Imaging Services will scan items at no charge, and will transfer the scanned texts to the appropriate disabilities-services coordinator or disabilities service provider (e.g. FAS ATL) for further processing (e.g. transformation of scanned pages into machine-readable text, creation of braille texts, text enlargement on-screen).  Please note that the FAS Adaptive Technology Lab only serves Harvard College and GSAS students.  Students from other faculties need to coordinate services with their school’s disabilities-services coordinator.   Requests for scanning services should be initiated by a Harvard librarian that is working with the student to secure access to non-circulating materials, and who has first confirmed that the student-patron is registered with the FAS Accessible Education Office or with a non-FAS disabilities services coordinator.  For materials that circulate, the items should be checked out and copied at the FAS Adaptive Technology Lab, or at a similarly equipped facility as directed by the student’s disabilities-services coordinators for all other Harvard schools.

For more information on making arrangements for photocopy service contact:
Ann Swartzell, Manager, Patron Services
E-mail
Tel: 617-495-3995

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