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Alumni Services

Library Access and Borrowing

HGSE Alumni

After graduation, HGSE alumni may continue to use the library and to borrow materials from the collection. To apply for a HGSE Alumni Library Card, please fill out the online Registration Form. To update your contact information, please use the online Change of Address Form.

Other Harvard Alumni

Alumni of other Harvard schools may present identification at the front desk and sign in to use materials from Gutman's Collections in the library.  For borrowing privileges at Gutman, please see information on Special Borrower cards.

Privileges for HGSE Alumni at Other Harvard Libraries

Widener Library

HGSE graduates are allowed 6 days of stack privileges each year and may borrow 6 books per year at no charge with a Widener Library Stacks Access card. For additional borrowing and/or stacks browsing privileges, alumni may purchase a Harvard College Library Special Borrower card; fees vary.

For information about alumni use of other Harvard libraries, please consult specific library web pages or contact libraries directly.

Electronic Resources

At Gutman Library

While visiting the library, HGSE graduates have full access to all of the electronic resources available on site, including education and psychology databases, and to thousands of other research databases, electronic journals, newspapers, and more.

Off-Site Access to Electronic Resources

To support the work of our alumni, Gutman Library and HGSE Alumni Services offer our alumni access to selected electronic resources from EBSCO. To register for access, please complete the Database Access Password Application form.

HOLLIS, Harvard's online catalog of books, journals, and much else, is open to all.

Book Renewal Form

RefWorks, an online tool designed to help researchers manage references and generate citations and bibliographies, is available free to alumni. Learn how to register for a Harvard alumni RefWorks account.

Electronic Resources available through Public Libraries

Many public libraries throughout the country provide access to electronic resources within their library and remotely. Contact your local public library for more information or check their website. Most Massachusetts residents can access a number of online databases through the Massachusetts Library Information Network, using the barcode on their public library card.

Research Consultations

Overwhelmed by choices? Need help researching a new subject area? Contact Research and Instruction Services -- we can work with you via e-mail, on the phone, or in person. Consider making a one-hour appointment to work with us on your topic (617-495-3421; or email