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Established in 1638, Harvard Library is the oldest library system in the United States.

  • 28

    libraries

  • 700

    expert staff

  • 6M

    digitized and publicly available items

  • 20M

    books

  • 1M

    maps and spatial data sets

  • 400M

    rare items including letters, photographs, and manuscripts

One of the things that’s been made clear over the last year is the importance of physical libraries as communal spaces of intellectual engagement.”

Martha Whitehead

University Librarian and Vice President for Harvard Library

Smiling woman standing in front of ivy covered walls.
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