Answered By: George Clark Last Updated: Jan 26, 2017 Views: 1012
Official admission policies for children vary by library, so it's best to contact any library in which you may be interested directly to find out their specific policy. Library contact information and some visitor access info is listed on the Find A Library page.
If the library that interests you does not allow children, you may have some alternative options for accessing the material in that library's collection. Our Harvard Direct service allows you to request circulating items to be delivered to another library on campus. For items that are on the shelf and not checked out, a "Request It" link in the HOLLIS record indicates that the item is available for Harvard Direct delivery. You can also use our "Scan & Deliver" service to request a scan of a copyright-compliant portion of an item (usually one article or one chapter). Eligible items will show a "Scan & Deliver" link in the HOLLIS record.
The Cambridge Public Library, located near campus on Cambridge St, is another option for parents seeking a good, comfortable place to work while accompanied by their children. They have a room designed for use by families of young children: http://www.cambridgema.gov/cpl/Kids.aspx.
Another resource for new mothers within Harvard that you should know about is a set of Lactation Rooms across the university available for breastfeeding or breastpumping. There is a lactation room in Widener Library.
There are a number of campus-wide resources for new parents. For example, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Student-Parents Organization, who may be able to provide you with good advice based on their experiences at Harvard.
There are several other student parent resources at Harvard listed here:
Local towns such as Cambridge have resources for children as well, like this one: http://www.cambridgema.gov/DHSP/programsforfamilies/centerforfamilies.aspx