Harvard Library Access and Borrowing


Online Resources, Databases, and Journals

While registered for a course, all Extension students have access to online resources through the Harvard Library website. Our Research Help page recommends some of the most useful links for finding and using Harvard Library resources, and also provides tips and tutorials. Licensed electronic resources are accessible from most computers within Harvard libraries or remotely by using your HarvardKey. After the semester ends, electronic resources are only available to degree candidates. For additional research and assignment help, please email Mary Frances or Jonathan.  

Borrowing Privileges

Extension School degree candidates with Harvard ID cards have borrowing privileges at Harvard University libraries. Also, only degree candidates have access to Get It Services, such as Interlibrary Loan, Borrow Direct, and Scan and Deliver. Graduate-credit students who are not degree candidates but need borrowing privileges may purchase Special Borrower's Cards for $100 per term from the privileges desk in Widener Library. (Special Borrower's Card does not include Get It Services). Present your registration confirmation and government-issued photo ID to purchase borrower's cards. Visit the Library Privileges website for more information. 

Widener Library Reading Room Access

Students who are not degree candidates may request a Widener Reading Room Card by presenting their course registration confirmation and photo ID at the privileges desk. Students do not have access to the stacks or borrowing, but materials will be paged to a desk in the reading room. The access card allows for unlimited use of the reading room for one semester. Photocopying may be done with the permission of the staff.

Other Harvard Libraries Access

Students who are not degree candidates can visit Cabot Science Library  in the Science Center, and Countway Library in the Longwood Medical Area, but do not have borrowing privileges. Students present their registration confirmations and photo IDs at the privileges desk, where they are issued passes valid for the semester. Students may purchase access cards to Baker Library at the Business School by presenting their registration confirmation and a photo ID. For more information about the Harvard Library system, visit the Harvard Library website or the Harvard Libraries directory for more information about each library.