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Core Collection

In support of research, teaching, and learning at Harvard Kennedy School, Library & Knowledge Services collects and circulates current materials in traditional and new areas of scholarship.

Our print collection is located on the ground floor of the Littauer Building and at the Harvard Depository. It is searchable in HOLLIS, the Harvard catalog, and is supplemented by both print and digital collections at the University’s other libraries.

For information about accessing the collections, please see our access & accessibility guidelines.

Data and Databases

We provide access to hundreds of databases focused on our subject areas, and license data sets that support analysis of our subject areas. To learn more about these resources, consult our Data Resources for HKS Affiliates research guide or contact a research librarian


We subscribe to a selection of current affairs journals and magazines in print for browsing and reading in the library. We also provide access to thousands of scholarly electronic journals through Harvard Library.


We provide a robust reserves service, offering access to digital course materials, books, videos, and streaming services in support of curricula.

Dissertations and Student Papers

HKS doctoral dissertations along with Policy Analysis Exercises (PAEs) and Second Year Policy Analysis Papers (SYPAs) are collected in print. Dissertations from 1990 onward are also available online.


Our video collection consists primarily of commercially produced films and documentaries on topics related to public policy and global affairs.


We collect and preserve select administrative, curricular, and scholarly output of the Harvard Kennedy School.


We welcome recommendations for additions to the library’s book, journal, or database collections.