Library Policies

GSAS students with valid ID cards may access most libraries in the Harvard Library system. However, each library establishes separate access policies, which can be viewed on the relevant library website.

Library users must:

  • Safeguard the integrity of library resources
  • Respect the restrictions placed on access to and the use of those resources
  • Report to library officers the theft, destruction, or misuse of those resources by others
  • Respect the rights of others to the quiet use of the library

Library staff are authorized to take appropriate action to ensure the safety and security of spaces, resources, and patrons.

The libraries of the Harvard Library system are maintained for Harvard students, faculty, staff, and other authorized members of the University and scholarly community. Except when specific authorization is granted to a commercial user, the systematic exploitation for profit of library resources, including its databases, is prohibited. It is inappropriate for students and others to sell data or to act as agents for those who do or to use their library privileges for reasons other than their personal academic pursuits.

Students who fail to comply with library rules and regulations will be subject to revocation of library privileges, disciplinary action, and legal prosecution. In particular, the University considers the following to be matters of grave concern:

  • Removing any book, manuscript, microform, or other materials or property without authorization
  • Destroying, defacing, or abusing any library materials or other resources

All library users are subject to the fines and penalties of the administering faculty and of the University as well as the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts governing crimes against property.