Grossman Library

Sever Hall
(617) 495-4163
fax (617) 495-9438

Grossman Library is a reserve reading and study library available to all Extension School students. Although books may not be borrowed, texts and articles that instructors place on reserve for their courses may be read and photocopied. The library also has a small computer lab for registered students. See the Grossman Library website for hours.

Harvard library system

Borrowing privileges

Extension School degree candidates with Harvard ID cards have borrowing privileges at Harvard University libraries.

Graduate-credit students who are not degree candidates but need borrowing privileges at Widener Library may purchase special borrower’s cards for $100 per term from the privileges desk in Widener Library. Present your registration confirmation and government-issued photo ID to purchase borrower’s cards.

Electronic resources

While you are registered for a course, you have access to approximately 3,000 databases and journals through the Harvard Libraries Portal. Licensed electronic resources are accessible from most computers within Harvard libraries or remotely by using a Harvard ID number and PIN. After the semester ends, electronic resources are only available to degree candidates. The use of electronic resources for nonscholarly or commercial purposes is prohibited. For more information, call Mary Frances Angelini, Grossman Library, (617) 495-4163.

Widener Library reading room

If you do not have a Harvard ID card, you may request an access card for the Widener Library Reading Room by presenting your registration confirmation and a government-issued photo ID at the privileges desk. This card allows unlimited use of the reading room, the reference area, and the periodicals area for one semester. You do not have access to the stacks, but you can request that materials be paged to a desk in the reading room. Photocopying may be done with the permission of the staff.

Limited access

You may purchase access cards to Baker Library at the Business School by presenting your registration confirmation and government-issued photo ID.

If you are not a degree candidate, you can visit the Countway Library in the Longwood Medical Area, but you do not have borrowing privileges. Present your registration confirmation and government-issued photo ID at the privileges desk, where you will be issued passes valid for the semester.

Library websites

For more information about Harvard’s library system, including links to individual websites, see the Harvard Libraries website.