Closure Notice

Renovation/Temporary Reading Room Notice

Renovation/Temporary Reading Room Notice

The Schlesinger Library will be undergoing renovations from November 2018 through early September 2019. During this time, researchers will be able to access the Library’s collections by appointment in a temporary reading room located in Fay House, Radcliffe Yard.  The Reading Room will reopen in Fay House on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Because all collections will be stored off-site and seating in the temporary reading room will be limited, advance notice of at least 3-4 business days will be required. Advance notice helps ensure offsite materials are delivered in time for a visit.

Update: The Schlesinger Library will complete the final phase of its renovation project between August 10 and September 2. As the collection will be in transit and staff will be moving locations, the Library’s Reading Room will be closed and services to researchers will be largely unavailable from August 10 to September 7. The Library will return to its routine schedule, Monday–Saturday, 9 AM–5 PM, on Monday, September 9. We regret this inconvenience to researchers and look forward to welcoming you in our newly renovated library. If you have questions, please contact us at

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