- The following fines apply to:
All undergraduates in all libraries. G1–G4 graduate students in all libraries. Faculty and Officers in Cabot, Harvard-Yenching, Lamont, Loeb Music, Tozzer. HCL Special Borrowers in all libraries


Material that is on loan to one library user may be recalled by another. Any item currently checked out can be recalled. (Once the item has been recalled, the date stamped on the checkout slip is no longer valid.)

A recall notice will come via mail or e-mail. Borrowers are guaranteed 10 days use with each charged item that is recalled, unless it is needed for reserves use. If the guaranteed use period has elapsed, the recalled item is due seven days after the date the recall is placed.

All borrowers, regardless of category, who do not respond promptly to recalls will be fined… Read more about Recalling


Materials can be renewed either in person at the lending library or online, up to five times, via "My Accounts/Renew" in the HOLLIS catalog. After the fifth renewal, materials must be brought to the library to be checked out. Renewals are not accepted via telephone or fax.

Please note that if a borrower brings a book renewed online back into the lending library, it must be re-stamped at the Circulation Desk before it can leave the building. This quick procedure ensures that the book reflects the official due date recorded in the computer database. It also indicates to the… Read more about Renewing


  1. There is no limit to the number of items a patron may borrow.
  2. Borrowing privileges within the Harvard College Library—Cabot, Fine Arts, Fung, Government Documents/Microforms, Harvard Map Collection, Harvard-Yenching, Houghton, Lamont, Loeb Music, Tozzer, and Widener—are extended to individuals who hold either a current Harvard ID or an HCL Special Borrower Card. (Note: In Lamont Library the Special Borrower Card must be embossed with a "C" or "U".) ID cards are not transferable
  3. All material is subject to Recall.
  4. A University PIN is required to access many… Read more about Borrowing

Visitor Policy

Harvard-Yenching Library admits all persons who hold a current Harvard ID, an HCL Special Borrower Card, or a Visiting Researcher Card.

Visitors from outside should go to Widener privileges office to get a Visiting Researcher Card before coming to the LIbrary. Faculty member or Ph.D. candidates of other universities should represent valid university ID cards OR a letter of introduction from the affiliated university on letterhead to obtain a Visiting Researcher Card.

For security purposes, all users' bags, briefcases, portfolios, backpacks, purses, books, library materials… Read more about Visitor Policy