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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 Access Services at 617-495-3423 or

HGSE students who may need specialized assistance should contact 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.

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 by contacting Access Services at 617-495-3423 or We advise patrons to contact Access Services in advance to page books. Use HOLLIS to search for titles and determine availability of items.

Materials at other Harvard Libraries
All patrons with a Harvard ID may use the Request feature in HOLLIS to ask for books to be delivered to any library they select.

If only an article, book chapter, or no more than 10% of a work is needed, Harvard ID holders may use the Scan and Deliver feature in HOLLIS to have an article or excerpt of a work delivered electronically. Please allow four days for Scan and Deliver requests.

Materials not held at any Harvard University Library
HGSE students, staff and faculty may request items not held in the Harvard Library system through Borrow Direct or interlibrary loan.

Research Services
Drop-in research help: Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ask to speak to a research librarian at the main desk on the library second floor or call 617-495-3421.

Online help: Ask Us @ Gutman Library

Research appointments: patrons may make an appointment with a Research Librarian to discuss their research needs and for assistance conducting database searches. Appointments are scheduled weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make an appointment, use the Request an Appointment Form or call 617-495-3421. Please provide information about any special requirements when scheduling an appointment.

Accessible restrooms are available on all floors.

Workstations and equipment

Other HGSE Resources

Contact the Office of Student Affairs for information on programs and support services.

Harvard Library Resources

Contact Harvard Library for accessibility information at other Harvard libraries.