Changes to TLG Access Begin August 1, 2009

August 1, 2009

Effective August 1, 2009, the Harvard Libraries no longer offer remote access to the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG), a digital library of Greek literature from antiquity to the byzantine period.

We continue to subscribe to the TLG, but access will be limited to selected workstations inside the libraries. At Andover-Harvard Theological Library, we offer TLG access at two computers on library's second floor. The Widener Library also has two TLG workstations.

The TLG is a vital resource for HDS students and faculty, especially for those engaged in the study of early Christianity. Remote access to the TLG, which enables scholars to search this e-resource from home or office, has become prohibitively expensive. The vendor increased our University site license dramatically and is unwilling to negotiate the price. The libraries, in consultation with faculty, have agreed that our best strategy is to reduce our costs by licensing dedicated workstation licenses and to abandon the University site license.

We hope that the vendor will reconsider the price in the future, but unless they do, we do not have a better alternative. We regret any inconvenience to faculty and graduate students, especially those residing away from Cambridge.

The two TLG workstations in the library are on the second floor in the reference room. The computers have been rebuilt and optimized for greater productivity. On each desktop is an icon for quick access to the TLG. Each computer offers Microsoft Word and supports use of portable storage devices, such as USB keys. TLG users have priority access to these computers. The computers are located next to the research services desk, and research librarians remain available to assist new TLG users.