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Gutman Library

About the Library

Gutman Mission

To advance HGSE’s mission, Monroe C. Gutman Library partners with students, faculty, alumni, and staff to enhance education research, teaching, and professional practice. Librarians provide expertise, curate distinctive collections, and manage services, programs, and spaces.

Gutman Vision

We aspire to be the first destination for leaders and scholars seeking and advancing knowledge to foster educational innovation and promote educational equity.

Gutman Values

Access: We provide a respectful, inclusive, welcoming, and accessible environment. Our collections and services foster inquiry, discovery, and learning in support of the research and practice needs of our users.

Service: We serve a diverse community of educators and scholars by actively working to identify and meet their needs to encourage academic success.

Stewardship: We seek to responsibly acquire, promote, and maintain information in all formats with present and future concerns in mind. With care and respect, we shepherd our resources, develop our collections, and support our staff. 

Collaboration: We endeavor to collaborate as a team, engage with our users, partner with faculty and researchers, and connect to the wider library community to improve services and access to information.

Innovation: We embrace new services and technologies that hone our skills and benefit our users.

Gutman Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Harvard Graduate School of Education encompasses the intersectionality of the human experience and includes qualities such as race, gender, ethnicity, physical ability, nationality, age, religion, sexual orientation, first generation status in higher education, economic status, and veteran status.

HGSE’s core values regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion are infused in Gutman Library’s mission, vision and values. Through the library’s services, collections, physical spaces, and stewardship, we seek and provide opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, equitable, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continuous advancement.

A Brief History of Monroe C. Gutman Library

Gutman Library opened in 1972. The building's principal benefactor, Monroe C. Gutman (Harvard College 1905), an investment banker, took a deep interest in education; he also funded a professorship in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard and established the Gutman National Scholarships in Harvard College. Mr. Gutman passed away in 1974. In that same year, the Boston Society of Architects awarded the Benjamin Thompson and Associates design the prestigious Harleston Parker Medal.

Gutman Library was the first library building built by the School since its founding in 1920. Previously, there had been a small working collection in Longfellow Hall; however, the main collections supporting the study of education were in Widener Library as well as at other campus locations. With the opening of Gutman, many of Harvard's enormous resources in education, developed continuously from the 17th century, were given a home as an integral part of the School. Widener, Schlesinger, the University Archives, and other libraries and repositories at Harvard contain related resources, making the University a major center for research in all aspects of education.

Gutman's first floor houses the Commons Cafe, the Gutman Gallery, a collaborative study area, and current periodicals. Located on the second floor are the library's Main Desk, administration offices, book stacks, computer stations, and quiet study area. The Gutman building also houses Information Technology (IT) services, other HGSE programs, and the Gutman Conference Center.