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Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University.

Added Names/Aliases: Divinity School Library, Harvard Divinity School Library
 
 
 
 

HOURS OF OPERATION

 
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General Hours
Research Services
Manuscripts & Archives
Restricted Access Collections
 
 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 
Contact by Phone
General:
(617) 495-5788
Research Services:
(617) 496-2485
Manuscripts & Archives:
(617) 496-5153
Contact by Email / Web
General:
circulation@hds.harvard.edu
Research Services:
ask@hds.harvard.libanswers.com
Manuscripts & Archives:
archives@hds.harvard.edu
Website
 
Library Website
Baloon
45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Map
 
 

ABOUT

 

Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University. By delivering exceptional services, the library seeks to meet and anticipate changing scholarly needs. The library cultivates a welcoming, user-oriented environment for teaching, learning and collaboration among students, scholars and librarians, and strives to remain a source of world-class collections for the study of religion.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University. By delivering exceptional services, the library seeks to meet and anticipate changing scholarly needs. The library cultivates a welcoming, user-oriented environment for teaching, learning and collaboration among students, scholars and librarians, and strives to remain a source of world-class collections for the study of religion.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University. By delivering exceptional services, the library seeks to meet and anticipate changing scholarly needs. The library cultivates a welcoming, user-oriented environment for teaching, learning and collaboration among students, scholars and librarians, and strives to remain a source of world-class collections for the study of religion.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University. By delivering exceptional services, the library seeks to meet and anticipate changing scholarly needs. The library cultivates a welcoming, user-oriented environment for teaching, learning and collaboration among students, scholars and librarians, and strives to remain a source of world-class collections for the study of religion.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University. By delivering exceptional services, the library seeks to meet and anticipate changing scholarly needs. The library cultivates a welcoming, user-oriented environment for teaching, learning and collaboration among students, scholars and librarians, and strives to remain a source of world-class collections for the study of religion.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University. By delivering exceptional services, the library seeks to meet and anticipate changing scholarly needs. The library cultivates a welcoming, user-oriented environment for teaching, learning and collaboration among students, scholars and librarians, and strives to remain a source of world-class collections for the study of religion.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University. By delivering exceptional services, the library seeks to meet and anticipate changing scholarly needs. The library cultivates a welcoming, user-oriented environment for teaching, learning and collaboration among students, scholars and librarians, and strives to remain a source of world-class collections for the study of religion.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University. By delivering exceptional services, the library seeks to meet and anticipate changing scholarly needs. The library cultivates a welcoming, user-oriented environment for teaching, learning and collaboration among students, scholars and librarians, and strives to remain a source of world-class collections for the study of religion.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University. By delivering exceptional services, the library seeks to meet and anticipate changing scholarly needs. The library cultivates a welcoming, user-oriented environment for teaching, learning and collaboration among students, scholars and librarians, and strives to remain a source of world-class collections for the study of religion.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University. By delivering exceptional services, the library seeks to meet and anticipate changing scholarly needs. The library cultivates a welcoming, user-oriented environment for teaching, learning and collaboration among students, scholars and librarians, and strives to remain a source of world-class collections for the study of religion.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University. By delivering exceptional services, the library seeks to meet and anticipate changing scholarly needs. The library cultivates a welcoming, user-oriented environment for teaching, learning and collaboration among students, scholars and librarians, and strives to remain a source of world-class collections for the study of religion.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University. By delivering exceptional services, the library seeks to meet and anticipate changing scholarly needs. The library cultivates a welcoming, user-oriented environment for teaching, learning and collaboration among students, scholars and librarians, and strives to remain a source of world-class collections for the study of religion.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University. By delivering exceptional services, the library seeks to meet and anticipate changing scholarly needs. The library cultivates a welcoming, user-oriented environment for teaching, learning and collaboration among students, scholars and librarians, and strives to remain a source of world-class collections for the study of religion.

 

Collections

 

General Collection

Given its age, size and depth in languages and formats, the collection is strong in many special subject areas of religion and theology, subject areas that reflect the scholarly interests of donors and faculty and the evolving curriculum of the school. Areas of special strength are biblical studies, Protestant Christianity, Unitarian Universalism, women's studies in religion and other notable subject areas.

In addition, there are many more specialized subject areas of exceptional strength. Examples include Christian ethics, Dead Sea Scrolls, Judaism and Christianity, religious freedom, Gnosticism, early Christianity, religion and politics and the ecumenical movement. For detailed information on the library's collections by subject areas, see our Collection Development Policy.

For research assistance, email askathds [dot] harvard [dot] libanswers [dot] com.

Manuscripts and Archives

The Manuscripts and Archives Department of Andover-Harvard Theological Library focuses on collecting Unitarian Universalist records, the papers of Harvard Divinity School faculty members, the informal records of Harvard Divinity School, and collections that support the School's mission to be a major resource in global religious studies.

The material in this department does not circulate, and most of it is stored off-site. Therefore, it is necessary to archivesathds [dot] harvard [dot] edu (contact the archives) (617.496.5153 or 617.384.7904) at least two business days in advance in order to view the collections. See How to Use the Manuscripts and Archives Collections for more information.

For research assistance, email archivesathds [dot] harvard [dot] edu.

Historical Collections

Andover-Harvard holds about 30,000 volumes of rare books, tracts, pamhlets and other rare materials printed before 1851. The collection includes 23 incunabula or books printed during the earliest period of printing with movable type. The holdings include early Hebrew, Latin and Greek bibles as well as many bibles in vernacular languages printed on missionary presses.  There are first editions of Luther, Calvin, Melanchthon, Zwingli and other reformers, including a large collection of 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and Latin tracts by Jacobus Arminius and his followers. One will also find early editions of the works of the New England Puritans and first editions of most of the works of important 19th-century Unitarians and Universalists, such as Channing, Parker, Ballou and Emerson. Included also are the libraries of such notables as John Codman of Dorchester (1,250 vols.). Andover-Harvard Theological Library serves as a national repository and library of record for the Unitarian Universalist tradition. The collection includes books, hymnals, periodicals, curricula, pamphlets and printed sermons, in addition to manuscripts and archives.For research assistance, email askathds [dot] harvard [dot] libanswers [dot] com.

 
 

LIBRARY STAFF

 
Kalnins, Renata rkalnins@hds.harvard.edu Request an Appointment
Korsman, Gloria gkorsman@hds.harvard.edu Request an Appointment
Wunderlich, Clifford Head of Research Services and Curator of Digital Collections cwunderlich@hds.harvard.edu Request an Appointment
 

VISITOR POLICIES

 
  • Access
  • The library primarily serves the students, faculty and staff of the Harvard Divinity School. It is open to all faculty, students and staff of Harvard University and of any school affiliated with the Boston Theological Institute. We welcome visitors with legitimate research needs to consult our collections.The Library houses many rare, often unique, collections of documents and publications. Some materials are noncirculating and are restricted to use within our secure reading area. The library's staff is happy to retrieve them upon request, Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm, excluding University holidays. Materials for use in the secure reading area are designated in HOLLIS at these locations: R.B.R., Tracts, S.C.R., Safe, Special Collection, Brittle, Codman, Pamph., Sprague Pamph., Quarto Pamph., Channing Library, TSS and Thesis. Please request these materials at the circulation desk.Items designated as "Ms.," "bMS," or "Archives" are located in the manuscripts and archives department. This department is open Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm, and closed on University holidays. The material in this department is available by appointment only. To find out more about the collections or to make an appointment, please contact the archives by email (archivesathds [dot] harvard [dot] edu) or phone 617.496.5153 or 617.384.7904.

  • Visitor
  • We welcome visitors with legitimate research needs to consult our collections. Users with a valid Harvard ID card, a Harvard Library Special Borrower card or an Andover-Harvard Access card may enter the library by swiping their cards in the turnstile gates. All other visitors will need to wait for the circulation staff to open the gates and will be asked to sign our visitor log and provide a photo ID. Reading privileges within the library are available to visitors and do not require special documentation or application.

 
 

ACCESSIBILITY

 
  • The library's main entrance is accessible by elevator from the lower vestibule at the courtyard entrance to the library building. Once inside the library, all floors are accessible by elevator. Patrons who are unable to retrieve materials from shelves in the stack areas of the library may seek assistance from staff at the circulation desk. The staff of Andover-Harvard Theological Library is committed to meeting the needs of all persons with either permanent or temporary disabilities. Patrons with disabilities should contact the reference staff at 617.496.AHTL (2485) for an initial interview, with a personal tour and a discussion of how we can help you to use our resources more easily and efficiently. Additional information is available on the library's website: http://www.hds.harvard.edu/library/services/persons-with-disabilities