To borrow materials from the HKS Library, anyone who does not hold a current Harvard ID (including alumni) must apply for a Harvard Library Borrowing Card. Presenting this card along with your photo ID to the security station at HKS’s Wexner entrance will allow access to HKS campus buildings. All individuals visiting campus must follow the School's COVID-19 protocols.

To ensure your visit to the HKS Library is productive, please contact us in advance so we can confirm that the resources youre interested in are available. For example, not all of our collection materials are held onsite and may take several days to arrive.

Other libraries at Harvard have their own policies for accessing their collections.

LRS complies with all federal and state laws and regulations governing information, as well as all HKS and Harvard University policies. We retain the right to use our discretion regarding patron access.

Affiliation

Can I visit the HKS Library?

Can I borrow materials?

Can I access licensed databases onsite?

HKS

 

Yes

Yes

Yes, at HKS Library computers with an HKS Login

 

HUID holders

 

Yes

Yes

Yes, at HKS Library guest computers

HKS Executive Education Participants

 

Yes

No

Yes, at HKS Library guest computers

HKS Alumni

(More details on our guide to using the HKS Library as an Alum)

 

Yes, with a photo ID & Harvard Library Borrowing Card

Yes, with a Harvard Library Borrowing Card

Yes, at HKS Library guest computers

Harvard Alumni

Yes, with a photo ID & Harvard Library Borrowing Card

Yes, with a Harvard Library Borrowing Card

Yes, at HKS Library guest computers

Researchers not affiliated with Harvard University

 

Yes, with a photo ID & Harvard Library Borrowing Card

Yes, with a Harvard Library Borrowing Card

Yes, at HKS Library guest computers

Borrow Direct Researchers

Yes, with a photo ID & Harvard Library Borrowing Card

Yes

Yes, at HKS Library guest computers

 

Cross-Registered Students

Yes

Yes

Yes, at HKS Library guest computers