Closure Notice

Reading Room Update:

March 4, 2023

The Schlesinger Library Reading Room is open Monday–Friday from 10:00 to 4:45, with the building closing to researchers at 5:00. Please review current access policies.

Please note:Although not required, masking is encouraged in the Schlesinger Library Reading Room.

All researchers must have a HOLLIS Special Request account to request Schlesinger Library materials. HOLLIS Special Request is available to Harvard and non-Harvard researchers and can be used at any participating Harvard library or archives. This account allows you to place and manage your requests for access to Schlesinger Library’s materials. You can learn more in the Requesting Materials guide.
Please note: Submitting a request through HOLLIS Special Request does not guarantee that your materials will be available on your selected visit date.

Please share your questions using the form below. While priority assistance is given to the research needs of Harvard students and faculty, please know we will answer all inquiries as we are able. Response times will be affected by the volume and complexity of questions. We appreciate your patience.

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Library Hours

Library Hours


Monday-Friday | 10:00-5:00

Please review the current access policies before visiting.


Library Closures

Monday-Tuesday, July 3-4

   Independence Day

Monday, Sept. 4
   Labor Day

Monday, Oct. 9
   Columbus Day (Federal)
   Indigenous Peoples’ Day (City of Cambridge)

Monday, Oct. 23
   Library closes at 1:30

Friday, Nov. 10
   Veterans Day

Wednesday, Nov. 22 through
Friday, Nov. 24
   Thanksgiving Break

Friday, Dec. 22, 2023 through
Monday, Jan. 01, 2024
   Winter Break

Monday, Jan. 15
   Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, Feb. 19
   Presidents' Day

Monday, May 27
   Memorial Day

More ways we can help


Doing in-depth research and need help navigating resources or developing research strategies? Request a phone or Zoom appointment with a research librarian.