Use the Library
Borrow, Renew, Request
- 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
Articles or book chapters from Harvard Library collections, scanned and delivered electronically within 1-4 business days (Scan and Deliver)
- Request via HOLLIS record
- More info
Books delivered from other Harvard libraries within 1-4 business days
- Request via HOLLIS record
- More info
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about course reserves.
Book a Group Study Room
Print, Scan, & Copy
Computers for access to online Harvard Library resources, email, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are located on floors 1 and 2.
For information about connecting and printing on the wireless network, see Wireless Networking and Printing on the Harvard Divinity School website.
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 on the first floor.
Digital scans may be saved on a USB flash drive or sent as a digital file to your email account or cloud storage drive.
Access to the collections and readers is self-service and available whenever the library is open. Request assistance at the service desk on the first floor.
The staff of Harvard Divinity School Library is committed to meeting the needs of disabled people who use our collections and services.
Disabled students 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 try to anticipate needs in the areas listed below, and will make reasonable accommodations for individual situations. If the information here does not address your specific situation, please contact Access Services to ensure that appropriate services can be arranged.
The library's entrance in Swartz Hall is accessible. Once inside the library, all floors are accessible by elevator.
If you are unable to retrieve materials from a shelf, library staff at the Access Services desk will help. 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.
All restrooms in the library are accessible.
Photocopying and scanning
Self-service photocopiers and scanners are available throughout the library. People who cannot operate them should take materials to the Access Services desk, and staff will make scans and copies at the self-service rate.
The library provides librarian-assisted searching of online resources that are not fully accessible to disabled people. Contact Research Services or call 617.496.2485 to make an appointment.
Books and journals from other libraries
Harvard Divinity School affiliates who cannot access materials at any library due to disability may contact Access Services for assistance. Before submitting requests, please identify the full bibliographic citation for each book or article.
- A closed-circuit television video magnifier (CCTV) is located on the first floor. This device magnifies printed text and other materials, as well as three-dimensional objects.
- A DVD/VHS viewer and 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: 617.496.2485.
For more general information, see Accessibility on the Harvard Divinity School website.
Work with a librarian
Connect with a subject expert at Harvard Divinity School Library to
Develop a research strategy
Find relevant sources on any topic
Work on any research-related question, problem, or skill
M.Div. Senior Papers
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