Dear GSAS Students,

I’ve just learned that, as part of Harvard’s efforts to minimize the number of people gathering in close proximity and the need to consider the health and well-being of staff and students, the Harvard Library has closed all locations, except for Widener and Lamont libraries, which will be open tomorrow, March 14. If you access Harvard Library locations, I urge you to read the Library’s announcement to evaluate how this will impact your research.

Virtual services and resources will be available as usual, as well as a service for picking up books, and librarians continue to provide chat, reference and consultations through online venues.

For those of you who are teaching, the library has provided Resources for Remote Teaching.

I know that the closing of the libraries may contribute to anxiety about your research progress or preparation for generals. I hope that the virtual resources and online engagement will be of some help as you continue your scholarly engagement during these trying times.

With all best wishes,

Emma Dench
Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics

COVID-19 and Library Access