The library provides and maintains a collection of approximately 4500 volumes and 250 journals. The collection has traditionally specialized in materials related to National Defense and International Security research, but has recently expanded into Science, Technology and Public Policy research and Environmental Studies.
Harvard Kennedy School Library and Knowledge Services supports the research, scholarship and curricular needs of its current faculty, students and staff. The Library also supports the greater Harvard community and the community of practitioners and researchers around the world who are interested in subjects of or related to public policy and international affairs.
The Frances Loeb Library, reflecting the transdisciplinary view of the Graduate School of Design, provides resources and services in an environment that inspires inquiry, innovation and collaboration for the advancement of design. The library ensures the development, use and preservation of its unique collections, and, as part of Harvard University, fosters partnerships to support new initiatives, advance teaching, and enhance research.
The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.
Gutman Library holds an extensive collection of scholarly works published in the English language in the broad fields of education, educational psychology and human development. Collection strengths include educational policy and planning, educational leadership, educational innovations, pedagogy, elementary and secondary education, higher education, teachers and teaching, school organization and the history of education.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University. By delivering exceptional services, the library seeks to meet and anticipate changing scholarly needs. The library cultivates a welcoming, user-oriented environment for teaching, learning, and collaboration among students, scholars, and librarians, and strives to remain a source of world-class collections for the study of religion.
"The John G. Wolbach Library combines the collections of the Harvard College Observatory (HCO) Library and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Library, forming one of the world’s preeminent astronomical collections. The joint collection is known as the John G. Wolbach Library at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Our current and future priorities are to:
- Increase collaboration opportunities with the NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) with special focus on outreach, training, data curation, discovery services and digitization.
- Retool librarians and graduate students in data science to enable new forms of data discovery, sharing and publication.
- Create the library of the future by using the Wolbach Library space as a sandbox for the latest information technology innovations with the goal of enhancing research activity at the Center for Astrophysics.
- Promote open science in astrophysics community through outreach and training programs."
"Dataverse is an open source web application to share, preserve, cite, explore, and analyze research data. It facilitates making data available to others, and allows you to replicate others' work more easily. Researchers, data authors, publishers, data distributors, and affiliated institutions all receive academic credit and web visibility.
A Dataverse repository is the software installation, which then hosts multiple dataverses. Each dataverse contains datasets, and each dataset contains descriptive metadata and data files (including documentation and code that accompany the data). As an organizing method, dataverses may also contain other dataverses."
The Harvard Film Archive is one of the largest and most significant university-based motion picture collections in the United States. It also presents an ongoing series of public screenings of classic and contemporary cinema.
The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, which includes the Rare Book Collection and Image Collection and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA), collects materials to support scholarship in Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies and Garden and Landscape studies.
Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies, located in Washington DC, was founded by means of an endowment made "exclusively for the establishment of an educational center in the field of Hellenic Studies designed to rediscover the humanism of the Hellenic Greeks." This humanistic vision remains the driving force of the Center for Hellenic Studies.
The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library is a specialized research collection devoted to the study of woody plants. The collections contain more than 40,000 volumes, 30,000 photographs and an archive that documents the Arboretum's history and is a repository for other 19th, 20th and 21st century horticultural and botanical collections.
Home to a collection of 20th and 21st century English-language poetry materials, the Poetry Room features a circulating collection of poetry monographs, anthologies, journals, magazines, audio recordings and Blue Star collection of rare manuscripts. The Woodberry Poetry Room's audio collection comprises over 5,000 recordings including readings, lectures, informal conversations, oral histories, interviews, radio broadcasts and, more recently, answering-machine poems.
Tozzer Library was founded in 1866 as the Peabody Museum Library. Tozzer collects broadly in all subfields of anthropology, with an emphasis on the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The library collects broadly in all subfields: cultural and social anthropology, biological and physical anthropology, archaeology, and anthropological linguistics, with a special emphasis on materials relating to the indigenous peoples of the Americas.
Houghton is the primary repository for Harvard's rare books and manuscripts. The wealth of primary source material is managed by an expert staff and augmented by exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications and courses.
The Harvard Map Collection is one of the largest and oldest collections of cartographic materials in the United States. The collections include rare editions of Mercator, Ortelius, and Ptolemaic atlases and large-scale current topographic maps.