Visitor Access to Collections

The Harvard Kennedy School Library serves the research, teaching, and learning needs of HKS students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater Harvard University community.  To learn more about how to access our Collections, please review our Collections Access for Visitors guidelines.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

The Library is committed to providing access to its collections and services to persons with disabilities and will make every reasonable effort to assist users with special needs. Please contact us or call 617-495-1302 to inquire about arrangements.

The HKS Library is wheelchair accessible.  Due to construction, our building floor plan is currently changing.  Please contact us or call 617-495-1302 to inquire about current floor plans.

HKS Code of Conduct

All visitors to the Library, whether affiliated with HKS or not, are expected to uphold the HKS Code of Conduct.  

Policies for Minors and Children

Children under 16 years old may enter the library only when accompanied by an adult with valid Harvard ID; children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Library Commons Guest Computers Policy

Guest Computers have a 30 minute time limit.  When there are people waiting to use Guest Computers, all guests are expect to adhere to the established 30 minute time limit.

Priority access is given to:

  • Cross-registered students enrolled in HKS courses
  • HKS Executive Education participants
  • HKS Alumni