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Freshman Open House: Come for the Food and Prizes, Stay for the Library Tours

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The front entrance of Lamont Library.


August 19, 2010 – Just about all Harvard students will find the need to use the library at some point in their academic career. The catch is that here, there are more than 70 libraries to choose from.

That’s where HCL’s annual Freshman Open House comes in. Dubbed “Lamont and Beyond,” the event will be held August 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Lamont Library – perhaps the best place on campus to pull an all-nighter, with round-the-clock hours and a café that’s open until 3 a.m. – and offers a quick introduction to Lamont and the handful of other libraries the Class of 2014 is most likely to need freshman year.

The open house will include tours of Lamont, food, the chance to meet and talk with librarians from other HCL libraries, information about library resources, and informational tables set up by other campus organizations, including the Bureau of Study Counsel, which offers tutoring services to undergraduates, and the Language Resource Center, which offers computer and web-based materials to help students taking foreign-language courses.

Last but not least, students will be eligible to enter a raffle to win a grand prize of a Klean Kanteen water bottle, two tickets to the Museum of Science, two tickets to the New England Aquarium, two AMC Theatres movie passes, two Brattle Cinema passes, an MBTA Charlie Card, a Professor Pathfinder map and snack foods. Six runner-up prizes, which include a mini-projector, a board game, a portable solar charger for electronic devices, a portable speaker, a ukulele and a flexible, roll-up keyboard, will also be given out. Prizes will be distributed at a time to be determined later.