Help & Services

Use the Library

Borrow, Renew, Request


Circulating items

  • Regular loan items have semester loan periods for Harvard faculty, students and staff.
  • All regular loan items are subject to recall.
  • Regular loan items do not include reserve materials, multimedia items,or equipment.
  • More info including fines
  • Information specifically for faculty, BTI affiliates, alumni, and visitors

Noncirculating items that must be used in the library

  • Reference collection
  • Bound periodicals
  • Microform and microfiche
  • Special Collections materials
  • Faculty books on display


Regular loan items: renew online in  HOLLIS by logging into My Account, or call the circulation desk at 617.495.5788.


Articles or book chapters from Harvard Library collections, scanned and delivered electronically within 1-4 business days (Scan and Deliver)

Books delivered from other Harvard libraries within 1-4 business days

Books delivered from Borrow Direct libraries within 4 business days (Borrow Direct)

Books and articles delivered from other libraries within approximately 2 weeks; note that articles delivered electronically may arrive sooner (Interlibrary Loan)

You may also recommend a book or other resource for purchase.

Course Reserves

Course reserve readings are listed on the Canvas course website as “Library Reserves”. Online readings are linked. If there is no link, bring the call number to the circulation desk on the first floor to borrow a copy. Reserve materials circulate for two hours. Please contact with questions about course reserves.

Placing material on reserve.

Book a Group Study Room

There are three group study rooms on the ground floor of the library. Please click here  to book a group study room.

Print, Scan, & Copy


Library computers

Computers for access to online Harvard Library resources, email, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are located on floors 1 and 2.

Wireless network

For information about connecting and printing on the wireless network, see Wireless Networking and Printing on the Harvard Divinity School website.


Print from a library computer, or print via the wireless network . Printing fees, paid through Crimson Cash, are as follows:

  • 7¢ per page for single-sided black and white
  • 5¢ per page (10¢ per sheet) for double-sided black and white
  • 15¢ per page for single-sided color
  • 21¢ per sheet for double-sided color

Black and white printers are located on floors 1 and 2. A color printer is located on floor 2.



  • Located on first and second floors.

  • Free of charge

  • Digital scans may be saved on a USB flash drive or sent as a digital file to your email account.

Digital reader/scanner for microfilm

  • Located in room 206 on the second floor.

  • Microfilm and microfiche collections are also in room 206.

  • Digital scans may be saved on a USB flash drive or sent as a digital file to your email account or cloud storage drive.

  • Analog readers and printers are also available in room 206.

  • Access to the collections and readers is self-service and available whenever the library is open. Staff assistance is available.



  • Black and white only

  • Located on floor 1

  • Fee ($0.07 per page) payable through Crimson Cash.


The staff of Andover-Harvard Theological Library is committed to meeting the needs of all persons with either permanent or temporary disabilities.

Students with disabilities must first register with the Office of Student Life to receive accommodations at HDS. For more information, see Accessibility on the Harvard Divinity School website.

We have tried to anticipate needs in the areas listed below, but will make reasonable accommodations for individual situations. If the information here does not address your specific situation, please contact Michelle Gauthier to ensure that appropriate services can be arranged.

Physical access

  • Building access
    The library's entrance is located on the parking lot side (south side) of Andover Hall.  It is across from Vanserg Building and the bike shelter. There is a ramp for wheelchair accessibility. . Once inside the library, all floors are accessible by elevator.

  • Stack access
    Patrons who are unable to retrieve materials from shelves in the stack areas of the library may seek assistance from staff at the circulation desk. Staff will retrieve materials. Before asking for books, please identify the call numbers of the items desired. Staff can verify for you whether any of these items are checked out.

  • Parking

  • Restrooms
    All restrooms in the library are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Research assistance

  • Photocopying and scanning

    Self-service photocopiers and scanners are available throughout the library. Patrons who cannot operate them should take materials to the circulation desk, and staff will make copies at the self-service rate.

    Microform reader-printers are located on the second floor, where patrons with disabilities may also obtain staff-assisted copying service at self-service rates. Before asking for assistance, please identify the call number for each book or full bibliographic citation and call number for each journal article to be photocopied.

  • Literature searches
    The library provides librarian-assisted searching of online resources for patrons who are unable to use resources such as HOLLIS. Use this service to find information about a topic, locate library materials, or to verify bibliographic citations. Make an appointment with research services staff in person on the second floor; by phone, 617.496.AHTL (2485); or email

  • Books and journals from other libraries
    The library will obtain books or photocopies of journal articles held at other Harvard and non-Harvard libraries for Harvard Divinity School members who lack full access to those libraries because of a disability. Patrons will pay the usual self-service rates for photocopies. There is no charge for borrowing books. Before submitting requests, patrons should identify the full bibliographic citation for each book or article. Request items in person from access services staff at the circulation desk, or email Allow up to two weeks for items located at more distant locations.

Assistive technology

  • A closed-circuit television video magnifier (CCTV) is located on the second floor of Andover-Harvard Theological Library in the Microform Reading Room, room 206. This device magnifies printed text and other materials, as well as three-dimensional objects.
  • A DVD/VHS viewer is available in the Microform Reading Room; earphones are available at the circulation desk on the first floor.
  • A cassette and CD player is available through the research services or manuscript and archives staff (Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am-9 pm; Friday, 8:30 am-6 pm, except University holidays). Please call ahead for availability: 617.496.AHTL (2485).

For more general information, see Accessibility on the Harvard Divinity School website.

Research Help

Ask Us

Work with a librarian

Connect with a subject expert at Andover-Harvard Theological Library to

  • Locate information

  • Develop a research strategy

  • Find relevant sources on any topic

  • Work on any research-related question, problem, or skill

M.Div. Senior Papers

Please visit our M.Div. Senior Paper FAQ.


At every stage of your project, research librarians are here to assist you. We will work with you to:

  • Develop search strategies

  • Build an exhaustive bibliography

  • Manage and cite your sources

  • Identify and learn to use relevant sources

  • Obtain research materials worldwide

Essential Tools and Services

Read Essential Tools and Services for the top things every HDS student should know about the Harvard Library.



  • Course reserves
  • Curricular and research support
  • Open access policy

BTI Affiliates

Visiting and borrowing privileges for faculty and students at Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium member schools.



  • Access to online resources
  • Research help
  • Visiting and borrowing privileges


Research help, access, and borrowing privileges for those without a Harvard affiliation, including local clergy.