All Harvard Graduate School of Design buildings are closed until further notice.

Online Research Support

New: Make an appointment with your Library Liaison

 Online Library Services 

  • Zoom Training and Help:Find basics on teaching, set-up, and troubleshooting
  • Canvas Support:Send questions about GSD Canvas use
  • Scan & Deliver: You may submit Scan & Deliver requests for book chapters and journal articles, and we will try to fill as many requests electronically as possible
  • Purchase Requests: Submit purchase requests for both print and electronic (books journals and other online resources) to add to the collection.  

Borrowing Circulating Collections

You may now borrow print materials and request items from Scan and Deliver from Frances Loeb Library, Lamont, Widener, Tozzer, Yenching, and the Harvard Depository using Lamont's Front Door Pickup service.

Returning Books

  • Due dates for borrowed items have been extended.
  • Fines accrued while the Library is closed are being waived. Reach out to us if you see fines on your account.
  • Return your books to the Widener Library Mass. Ave. entrance. (Do not return books to Lamont.)
  • Alternatively, you may mail them to:
    • Widener Library
      c/o Access Services
      1 Harvard Yard
      Cambridge, MA 02138

Special Collections

The physical collections are not available for consultation. Access to digitized collections, or images that represent the holdings are available for research. For more information about impacted services visit the Frances Loeb Library FAQ page.

Library Support for Instruction

Course Reserves

Frances Loeb Library and Harvard Library are offering a new service this academic year – electronic reserves preparation and uploading to Canvas course sites.

How it works:
Send your requests for class readings by August 21st to Ask a Design Librarian.

  • Include a list of readings for the semester as an attachment to your request. Sending a syllabus will help process the materials quickly.
  • Requested materials will be scanned and uploaded to your “Library Reserves” page on your Canvas course site.
  • Materials will be posted in your Canvas site in these timeframes:
    • Content already available in digital form – 1 day
    • Scans created from print materials from Loeb Library – 3 days
    • Scans created from print materials from a different Harvard Library – 7 days
    • Entire books – 3 weeks

If you have any questions about Canvas or if Harvard Library does not have a book or article that you are looking for, please email us at Ask a Design Librarian.

Special Collections for Instruction

Frances Loeb Library has several options available for supporting your teaching with the use of Special Collections.

On-Demand Digitization: We are now available to image or digitize items from collections located on-site. These collections include the Materials Collection, Rare Book Collection, and some Archival Collections. Requests may take 1-2 weeks to complete. Request Special Collection Material for Instruction.

Schedule a Remote Class Session with Special Collections: Interested in scheduling a class session? Archivists and librarians are available to work with instructors on designing a remote class session. Request a class session using the Special Collections and Archives Class Request Tool. Select Frances Loeb Library Special Collections to get started!