Reference Desk Contact Information


Cabot Science Library

Librarians at the Reference Desk are available to answer questions during Reference Desk Hours in person, by e-mail, by telephone at 617-495-5353, or by mail. For assistance with a research project, talk with a librarian about scheduling an individual consultation.

Please note that Cabot Reference Desk hours vary from regular library hours.

Reference Department
Cabot Science Library
Science Center
One Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

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Fine Arts Library

Reference and research assistance is available in the consultation area in the Reading Room or at the Circulation Desk during the Hours the library is open. Appointments for research or reference assistance may be arranged by e-mail, by phone at 617-496-3592, or by fax at 617-496-4889.

All patrons wishing to use the library’s special collections materials, including all X-Cage materials as well as prints, photographs, rubbings and scrolls, must register for a Special Collections Request Account and place requests through the system.  For more information see Access to Special Collections.

For assistance with the materials in the Aga Khan Collection, contact Andras Riedlmayer, Bibliographer in Islamic Art and Architecture, by e-mail, by phone at
(617) 495-3372, or by fax at (617) 496-4889.

Fine Arts Library
Littauer Center
1805 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

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Fung Library

Librarians are available to answer reference and research queries in person between 10 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. For assistance with a research project, talk with a librarian about scheduling an individual consultation.

Librarian for the Davis Center Collection: Hugh Truslow, e-mail, 617-495-4030
Documentation Center on Contemporary Japan Librarian: Kazuko Sakaguchi, e-mail, 617-496-0466
Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Librarian: Nancy Hearst, e-mail, 617-495-9976

Fung Library
Knafel Building
Concourse Level
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

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Harvard Film Archive

For reference assistance, contact Steffen Pierce, Technical Services Film Specialist, via e-mail or by phone at 617-496-6607 during regular Hours.

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Harvard Map Collection

For reference assistance, contact the Map Collection by phone at 617-495-2417, by fax at 617-496-0440, or by e-mail. For assistance with a research project, talk with a librarian about scheduling an individual consultation.

Harvard Map Collection
Pusey Library
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

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Harvard-Yenching Library

Librarians at the Reference Desk are available to answer reference and research queries in person during Reference Desk Hours, by e-mail, by phone at 617-496-3347, by fax at 617-496-6008, or by mail. For assistance with a research project, talk with a librarian about scheduling an individual consultation. Individual consultations by appointment may also be scheduled.  Please see the list below for individual contact information.

Harvard-Yenching Library Special Collections
All patrons wishing to use the library’s special collections materials, including the rare book collection and archival materials, must register for a Special Collections Request Account and place requests through the system.  Patrons who are not currently affiliated with Harvard University or who do not hold a Special Borrower Card will need to visit the Library Privileges Office at Widener Library after registering online to obtain a Harvard College Library Special Collections Card. Patrons are required to present a valid Harvard ID, HCL Special Borrower Card, or HCL Special Collections Card at the library in order to use materials.  For more information see Access to Special Collections.

Harvard-Yenching Library
2 Divinity Avenue
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

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Houghton Library *

* Including Harvard Theatre Collection

Public Services staff manage the Houghton Reading Room, where items from the collections are examined. Its staff provides access and reference services to readers, in person as well as by phone at 617-495-2440, by fax at 617-495-1376, by e-mail, or by mail. Individual consultations by appointment may be scheduled with a collection curator:

Donald & Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson, John Overholt, e-mail
Early Books and Manuscripts, William Stoneman, e-mail
Harry Elkins Widener Collection, Rachel Howarth, e-mail
Modern Books and Manuscripts, Leslie Morris, e-mail
Printing and Graphic Arts, Hope Mayo, e-mail
Theatre Collection, Bill Stoneman, e-mail
Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Heather Cole, e-mail
Woodberry Poetry Room, Christina Davis, e-mail

Houghton Library
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

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Lamont Library

Research Services

Lamont librarians provide the services listed below during Research Services Desk Hours. Individual consultations by appointment may also be scheduled.

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Reference e-mail or call 617-495-2106
  • Environment Information Services e-mail or call 617-496-6158
  • Government Information Services e-mail or call 617-495-2106
  • Microform Services e-mail or call 617-495-2106
  • Numeric Data Services e-mail or call 617-496-6936

Lamont Media

Reference service is provided in person at Research Services in Lamont on Level B, or by phone at 617-495-2106 or 617-495-8730.

Woodberry Poetry Room

For research assistance with collections in the Woodberry Poetry Room, contact the curator, Christina Davis, by e-mail or by phone at 617-495-2454.

Lamont Library
Harvard Yard
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

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Loeb Music Library

Reference assistance is available in person at the Circulation Desk, by e-mail, or by phone at 617-495-2794. Reference services are also provided in person or via phone or e-mail by:

Liza Vick, Music Reference and Research Services Librarian, e-mail, 617-495-2794
Kerry Masteller, Reference and Digital Program Librarian, e-mail, 617-495-2794

For assistance with a research project, talk with Liza or Kerry about scheduling an individual consultation.

Patrons wishing to use the library’s special collections materials, housed in the Merritt Room, must register for a Special Collections Request Account and place requests through the system. For more information see Access to Special Collections.

Loeb Music Library
Music Building
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

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Tozzer Library

Reference assistance is available in person at the Circulation Desk or at 617-495-2253 during the Hours the library is open. Research advice and reference services are also provided by Janet Steins, Associate Librarian for Collections, in person, by e-mail, by phone at 617-495-1481, and by fax at 617-496-2741.

Tozzer Library Special Collections
All patrons wishing to use the library’s special collections materials must register for a Special Collections Request Account and place requests through the system.  Patrons who are not currently affiliated with Harvard University or who do not hold a Special Borrower Card will need to visit the Library Privileges Office at Widener Library after registering online to obtain a Harvard College Library Special Collections Card. Patrons are required to present a valid Harvard ID, HCL Special Borrower Card, or HCL Special Collections Card at the library in order to use materials. For more information see Access to Special Collections.

Tozzer Library
William James Hall
33 Kirkland St.
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

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Widener Library

Widener Library offers a full range of research services for Harvard students, faculty, visiting researchers, and library patrons in person in the Atkins Reference Room on the second floor as well as online, by phone at 617-495-2411, and by mail. Reference Desk Hours vary from library hours.

Librarians also conduct tours throughout each semester, see Widener Library Tours for the schedule.

For assistance with a research project, please request an individual consultation with a Research Contact.

Atkins Reference Room 230
Widener Library
Harvard Yard
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138

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