Libraries

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Harvard Library is a champion of curiosity.

Harvard Library aims to be a global leader in expanding world knowledge and intellectual exploration. It engages with our communities in the creation and sharing of new knowledge, connecting them with the vast collections that it curates and stewards through collaborations around the world. Harvard Library’s efforts are motivated and powered by working collaboratively, embracing diverse perspectives, championing access, aiming for the extraordinary, and always leading with curiosity.

At its core, the library’s mission for over four centuries has been to advance the learning, research, and pursuit of truth that are at the heart of Harvard.

Harvard Library is more than 700 staff across 29 libraries. Its collections number over six million digitized items, 21 million volumes, 400 million manuscripts, one million maps, and tens of millions of digital images, and its rare and special collections are amongst the most remarkable in the world. Harvard Library collects collaboratively with peer institutions and facilitates international open access, multiplying access to materials.

Established in 1638, Harvard Library is the oldest library system in the United States and the world’s largest academic library.

Learn more at library.harvard.edu.

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