Library Information


Come Visit

Child Memorial Library is located on the 3rd Floor of Widener Library in Harvard Yard. The library staff desk can be reached at  617.495.4681.


Access Information

The library is primarily for the use of English graduate and undergraduate students at Harvard though other students and scholars are welcome as well. The collection is NON-CIRCULATING under all circumstances; all volumes are on "permanent reserve". Patrons, however, may take a book out briefly in order to xerox parts of it within Widener Library if they consult the desk attendant and leave their Harvard IDs.



Regular Hours

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
During Term 12 noon - 8pm 9am - 10pm 9am - 10pm 9am - 10pm 9am - 10pm 9am - 7pm 12 noon - 5pm


During the academic year, Child is open all of Widener's hours, except for Saturday morning and Monday through Thursday evenings (when Child closes before Widener, at 10pm). Child is closed on University holidays and during weather emergencies, or whenever Widener is closed. When Widener's hours change during the summer and over University breaks, Child's change too; check Widener's weekly hour schedule here and check with desk staff for the most up-to-date information.


Further Contact Information

Graduate Student Coordinators contact:
Michael Allen | Chris Spaide

Department of English Staff contact:
Lauren Bauschard