Harvard College Library

Privileges for MIT faculty, students and staff at Harvard’s collections:
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Using the HCL Special Borrower card, MIT faculty, research staff, graduate students and undergraduate students are eligible for borrowing privileges at:

On-site-only access is available at:

Terms of borrowing, renewals, overdue fines, use of reserves, etc., are set by the individual libraries. The usual borrowing period is one month.

MIT reciprocal borrowers are not eligible for extended HCL reference services or interlibrary loan services. Please use MIT’s Ask Us! or Interlibrary Borrowing Services.

Important Note: The HCL Special Borrower card is NOT honored at these Harvard libraries:

  • Baker (Business)
  • Countway (Science, Medicine and Technical collections)
  • Gutman (Education)
  • Harvard Law School
  • Kennedy School of Government

Other reciprocal agreements:

Baker (Business School), Countway (Medical School) and Frances Loeb (Graduate School of Design) have separate agreements for access.

Terms of borrowing, renewals, overdue fines, use of reserves, etc., are set by the individual libraries. The usual borrowing period is one month.

MIT reciprocal borrowers are not eligible for extended reference services or interlibrary loan services. Please use MIT’s Ask Us! or Interlibrary Borrowing Services.

Other Collections and Categories of Use

Members of the MIT community who are not eligible for any of the formal agreements described above, or who desire access to any of Harvard’s collections with which MIT does not have such an arrangement, should consult Ask Us!.

Depending upon the circumstance, it may be possible to make a special arrangement with Harvard or to identify other area library collections.