Members of the Harvard community are exploring the hidden past, volatile present, and equitable future of libraries.
Cathy Chukwulebe’s Little Black Library was Baker Library’s first non-business or economic collection and its first placement in an academic library.
Bibliographer for Ukrainian Collections Olha Aleksic launched the “Russia’s War on Ukraine” digital archive last year.
Alexandra Schultz studied the rise of the public library, and in the process shed light on the true story of the Library of Alexandria.
The right to read
What happens when we quash freedom of expression in the form of reading? Harvard Library’s Lesliediana Jones discusses the recent U.S. trend of book banning.
Advancing the mission of libraries
Libraries and archives are far from static collections—they must constantly evolve to keep up with changing times.
HBCU Library Alliance and Harvard are teaming up to digitize and preserve African American history collections.
In 1989, archivist Irina Klyagin made a remarkable discovery that changed Russian ballet scholarship.
Preservation Services staff work to maintain, protect, and repair library collections.
Journalism and libraries
Librarians are teaming up with journalists to promote media literacy, spur civic engagement, and take on reporting projects.
Harvard Libraries are reimagining access for their vast array of digitized articles, books, and multimedia to ensure they are accessible to users of different abilities.
Looking for a good book? Explore these suggestions from members of the Harvard community.
Our cabinets of curiosities
Harvard’s many libraries maintain curated collections featuring everything from plants to poetry, crimes to contagions.
The newest collection explores the life of Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American movie star.
The future of libraries
Through progress, libraries have an opportunity to reach more people and tell more inclusive stories.
An accessible future
Harvard staff, faculty, and alumni are reimagining what libraries can look like, how libraries can merge physical and digital assets, how online lending can best serve everyone, and many more considerations for the future of these community cornerstones.
An equitable future
Harvard experts are promoting equity in libraries by expanding access to a world of art, democratizing knowledge, and constantly examining the past.
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