Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: May 27, 2016     Views: 117

Houghton Library is open without fee to all adult researchers regardless of academic affiliation.  They cannot accommodate students younger than college-age in the Reading Room, but catalogs, online finding-aids and most of the digitized items can be accessed by anyone.

All readers to the Houghton Reading Room must register for a Special Collections Request Account. For more information see Access to Special Collections.

Patrons who are not currently affiliated with Harvard University or who do not hold a Special Borrower Card will need to visit the Library Privileges Office at Widener Library after registering to obtain a Harvard College Library Special Collections Card. 

Patrons are required to present a valid Harvard ID, HCL Special Borrower Card, or HCL Special Collections Card at the library in order to use materials.

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