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The collections of Library & Research Services (LRS) support the mission of the School. Through expert curation and innovative collaborations, LRS’ collections enable and disseminate the scholarly contributions of the HKS community. LRS works closely with our community to build, improve, and create our collections.

Guiding Principles

Support: LRS will strive to meet the research and curriculum needs of HKS through communication and partnerships with faculty, students, fellows, and staff.

Inclusion: LRS will work to foster inclusion among members of the community and actively engage in conversations to provide resources that meet the community’s continually changing and diverse needs.

Adaptability: LRS will maintain awareness of the current and upcoming subject interests of HKS and be flexible and creative about providing access to materials in a variety of formats.


LRS accepts donations of digital and physical items to our collection on a limited basis when they are compatible with the Library's collecting philosophy and enhance or complete its selection effort. LRS reserves the right to limit such gifts to those which are substantially beneficial and are cost-effective to receive, catalog, process, maintain, and preserve. LRS assumes ownership of all donations and reserves the right to add donated materials to its collections or discard them as appropriate. Contact LRS with your donation-related inquiries.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the work and the diversity of the community at HKS, LRS collects in a broad range of relevant subjects. These include but are not exclusive to HKS Policy Topics

Browse our general collection of books, journals, and databases, and explore our collection highlights below. Members of the HKS community can visit our Knet site for details on how to access collection materials.


The DIB Collection comprises books, films, and other resources that foster communication and discussion on diversity, inclusion, and belonging at HKS, and that represent and celebrate the multitude of identities and backgrounds that make up our vibrant community.


The Political Buttons at HKS Collection includes over 1,500 political buttons from the 20th and 21st centuries, representing U.S. political campaigns at every level, ballot initiatives, social issues and movements, and political demonstrations.


Behind the Book is a video series that gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the research and insights showcased in books authored by HKS faculty.


HKS faculty disseminate their research in working papers and publications that contribute to public knowledge and fuel policy innovation. This list features recent faculty publications, including journal articles, books, edited volumes, research papers, and public testimony.


HKS' student-run journals and student newspaper showcase student research, experience, and opinions on a variety of policy areas, including human rights, African-American public policy, LGBTQ policy, and more.


Since 2017, LRS has used Archive-It to preserve the school's web content, including its centers and initiatives, the HKS magazine, and student publications.

Keely Wilczek, Manager of Collections & Library Services


Keely has almost thirty years of experience in libraries, academic and public, including more than a decade at HKS. She oversees all aspects of LRS' collections, both print and digital, and is the point of contact for use of library spaces. For research help, her subject specialties include campaigns and elections, news resources, and the citation tool Zotero, but can give any topic a try. Keely collaborates closely with HKS IT, Harvard Library, and library staff at Harvard's other professional schools to provide patrons with expertise, services, and resources across the university and beyond. She has an AB in Classics from Kenyon College and a MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.