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Borrowing Materials

Harvard's 70+ libraries primarily serve the University's current faculty, students and researchers who hold valid Harvard IDs. Policies on admittance, borrowing, hours and services vary by library. For more information on a specific Harvard library, please visit the individual library page

 
 

Loan Periods and Accounts

 
  • Loan Periods - The amount of time you may borrow a book depends upon your patron status and the lending library.
  • My Accounts - The My Accounts page has information used to access your different accounts, renew items or view requests.

 

 

Borrowing and Renewing Materials

 

To borrow items from the Harvard Library, take them with your ID to the appropriate circulation desk, and the staff will check them out to you. A growing number of libraries have self-checkout kiosks where you can checkout books as long as you have your ID card.  As long as no other library patron needs them, you can renew books five times.

  • Use My Accounts to access your account. You will need the first eight digits of your ID and your PIN. 
  • For more information, please see Ask a Librarian.

 

 

Returning Materials

 

You are welcome to return most material to any Harvard Library; however, reserves and interlibrary loan items should be returned directly to the library from which they were borrowed.

 

 

Recalling Books

 

All materials are subject to recall at any time. Recall notifications are sent to your email address on record.

You can recall the book and the patron who has it is required to return it within seven days. To initiate a recall, click on the “Request Item” link through the item record in HOLLIS. You can also request the book through Borrow Direct and receive it within about four business days.

 

 

Fines and Fees

 

Late fines and lost item replacement fees vary depending on the item and library. A list of common fees organized by borrower type and library can be found below.  Fines for late return of Reserve items, as well as short term loans, vary between libraries - please check with the individual library for precise information.

 
 
 

HCL Libraries

 

Fines for HCL Libraries:  

Faculty, staff, and G4+
Overdue fine: $0.50/day - max fine $28 (Cabot and Lamont only)
Recalled items: $2/day
Lost items: $100 replacement cost + $10 processing fee

All other borrowers
Overdue fine: $0.50/day - max fine $28. (none at Harvard Yenching Library, except for Special Borrowers)
Recalled items: $2/day
Lost items: $100 replacement cost + $10 processing fee

     
     

    Baker Business Library

     

    Fines are the same for all library borrowers:
    Overdue fine:  $0.50/day - max fine $20
    Recalled items:  $2/day
    Lost items:  $100 replacement cost

       
       

      Countway Medical Library

       

      Fines are the same for all library borrowers:
      Overdue fine:  $0.50/day - max fine $28
      Recalled items:  $2/day
      Lost items:  Item value or $120 replacement cost + $35 processing fee

         
         

        Divinity School Library

         

        Faculty, staff, and G4+
        Overdue fine:  $0.50/day - max fine $28
        Recalled items:  $2/day
        Lost items:  $75 replacement cost

        All other borrowers
        Overdue fine:  $0.50/day - max fine $28
        Recalled items:  $2/day
        Lost items:  $75 replacement cost

           
           

          Gutman Education Library

           

          Faculty
          Recalled items:  $2/day
          Lost items:  $65 replacement cost

          All other borrowers
          Overdue fine:  $0.50/day - max fine $28
          Recalled items:  $2/day
          Lost items:  $65 replacement cost

             
             

            Law School Library

             

            Faculty, staff, and G4+
            Overdue fine:  $0.50/day - max fine $28
            Recalled items:  $2/day
            Lost items:  $75 replacement cost

            All other borrowers
            Overdue fine:  $0.50/day - max fine $15
            Recalled items:  $2/day
            Lost items:  $85 replacement cost - $20 for 7-day loan items

               
               

              Loeb Design Library

               

              Faculty, G4+
              Recalled items: $2/day
              Lost items: $100 replacement cost

              All other borrowers
              Overdue fine: $0.25/day – max fine $15
              Recalled items: $2/day
              Lost items: $100 replacement cost

                 
                 

                Kennedy School of Government Library

                 

                Faculty, Staff, G4+
                Recalled items:  $2/day
                Lost items:  $75 replacement cost

                All other borrowers
                Overdue fine:  $0.50/day - max fine $28
                Recalled items:  $2/day
                Lost items:  $75 replacement cost