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Gutman Library

Services for Persons with Disabilities

Monroe C. Gutman Library is committed to making its collections, services, and programs available to all users. Library staff will make every reasonable effort to assist patrons with special needs. To inquire about services available, or to give advance notice of special needs, contact Marcella Flaherty, Head of Public Services, at 617-495-3421 or

HGSE students who may need specialized assistance should contact Eileen Berger, Assistant Director for Disability Services at the Office of Student Affairs, to arrange coordination of services with the library and Information Technology. We recognize that each student's accessibility needs are unique and we will work together to provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Eileen Berger can be reached at 617-495-5838 or

Gutman Library Services and Facilities

Gutman Library is wheelchair-accessible. The building and lobby entrance doors have automatic door openers. Two interior elevators service all floors of the building.

Materials at Gutman Library
Patrons who are unable to retrieve materials from the Gutman Library stacks may request assistance from the Circulation Desk. We advise patrons to contact Circulation Services in advance to make arrangements, as immediate paging is not always possible. Please select "Library Catalog" from the HOLLIS dropdown to find call numbers and determine availability of items you need. Circulation Services: 617-495-3423, or

Materials at other Harvard Libraries
The staff of the Monroe C. Gutman Library will obtain materials from other Harvard libraries for HGSE students, faculty and staff who are unable to use these libraries due to a disability. Please contact for more information. Items borrowed from other Harvard libraries may be returned to the Gutman Circulation Desk.

Materials not held at any Harvard University Library
HGSE students, staff and faculty may request items not held in the Harvard Library system through interlibrary loan. Read more about this service and find online forms for requests.

Research Services
Patrons may make an appointment with Research and Instruction Services staff to discuss their research needs, and for assistance conducting database searches. Appointments are scheduled weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To make an appointment, call 617-495-3421 or use our Ask Us form, and please inform the staff of any special circumstances when making an appointment.

Accessible restrooms are available on all floors. The restrooms on the ground level and third floor have automated doors.

Workstations and equipment

  • Wheelchair accessible workstations are available on the first and second floors of the library
  • Wireless networking is available from most areas of the first and second floors, as well as in Special Collections. Harvard ID and PIN are required, and some laptop configuration is necessary.
  • Additional facilities and equipment

Other University Resources

Accessible Van Service
Accessible Van Service is designed for persons who, because of mobility impairment or medical condition, find it extremely difficult or impossible to use the regular shuttle bus. This service operates year round throughout the Cambridge and Allston campuses and is available to all faculty, staff and students. Rides with the van service are by appointment only.

HGSE students requiring disability van service during the day must first contact the HGSE Access and Disability Services Office to make arrangements. Disability Services at the Office of Student Affairs (DSOSA) can be reached at 617-495-9608 or through Eileen Berger (

Faculty or staff should first contact Human Resources at 617-495-3471.

The service normally operates from 7:45 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. seven days a week with reduced hours during the summer months and recess periods. After 7:00 p.m., fully accessible shuttle vans are available through the Evening Van Service. Reservations are not required for the Evening Van Service. Please call 617-495-0400 for more information on schedules.

Bureau of Study Counsel
The Bureau of Study Counsel is a clinical counseling center and an academic resource center that serves Harvard undergraduates and graduate students in Arts and Sciences, Education, and Kennedy School of Government. The Bureau provides comprehensive psychological and learning services that support student development and adaptation during the college and university years.

Harvard College Libraries - Services for Persons with Disabilities
Lists the services available to patrons with disabilities, as well as information on physically accessing the various libraries.