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Open House at Lamont Introduces Freshmen to Harvard's Libraries

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Members of the class of 2018 gather at Lamont during last year's open house.


August 14, 2014 – During opening days, Harvard freshmen learn about all aspects of campus life. Just about all Harvard students will find the need to use the library at some point in their academic career, so it’s important take the time to become familiar with the libraries – seeing as there are more than 17 million volumes and over 70 libraries to choose from.

As a way to help ensure the members of the Class of 2018 are familiar with the libraries they're most likely to use during their freshman year, Harvard College Library will hold its annual Freshman Open House on Friday, August 29, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Dubbed "Lamont & Beyond," the event will be held in Lamont Library. With round-the-clock hours and a café that’s open until 3 a.m., it’s no wonder Lamont has become a haven for many Harvard freshmen over the years.

The open house will include tours of Lamont, food, the chance to meet and talk with librarians from other libraries, and information about library resources. Representatives from the Bureau of Study Counsel, which offers tutoring services to undergraduates, and the Language Resource Center, which assists students taking foreign-language courses, will also be on hand. Also, be on the lookout for the Open House’s mischievous mascot.

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, including a ukulele and a unicycle, will also be awarded.

Be sure to take this opportunity to get to know your libraries and your librarians before classes begin.