Harvard University Library
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The Harvard University Library system comprises about 73 libraries, with more than 16 million volumes. It is the oldest library system in the United States, the largest academic and the largest private library system in the world. Based on the number of volumes in the collection, it is the third largest library collection in the US, after the Library of Congress, and Boston Public Library.
While the largest and best-known library building at Harvard is the Widener Library in Harvard Yard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, this iconic building belongs to the Harvard College Library, the name of the library administrative unit within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
The Harvard University Library is the formal name for an administrative entity within the central administration of the University that has responsibility for central library services and policy. As of December 20, 2010[update], Helen Shenton is the current executive director. The Harvard University Library has a number of subordinate offices. Some of these are listed below.
- The Office for Information Systems develops and supports online library services including digital repository and cataloging systems.
- The Weissman Preservation Center manages projects for preserving Harvard's collections.
- The Harvard Depository is a storage facility for library materials.
- The Harvard University Archives is the institutional archives of the University. It oversees the University's permanent records, collects Harvard-related manuscripts, papers, and historical materials, and supervises records management across the University.
- The Office for Scholarly Communication provides for open access to works of scholarship produced by the Harvard community.
Over the next century the library grew to become the largest in America, but in 1764 a major fire destroyed almost all of Harvard's books and scientific instruments. Books and donations were offered by friends of the college to replace its collections. An eccentric Englishman, Thomas Hollis V of Lincoln's Inn, London, (great-nephew of one of the University's early benefactors), began shipping thousands of specially chosen volumes to the University Library. Hollis continued to send books regularly until his death in 1774 and he also bequeathed £500 for a fund to continue buying books. This became Harvard's first endowed book fund, and is still actively increasing the collections every year. Harvard Library's online catalog, HOLLIS (a bacronym for "Harvard On-Line Library Information System"), is named after him.
Libraries in the Harvard University System
This list covers the Harvard College libraries, the Faculty of Arts and Science libraries, and the libraries of other Harvard faculties. In addition, Harvard University has a large number of special libraries, house libraries, and affiliated libraries.
The Fine Arts Library at Harvard University serves a wide community of users such as students, professors, museum staff, researches and historians. Originally founded as a museum library, the library has enhanced their collections by gifts from faculty and by transfers of related materials from other Harvard libraries
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- Journal of Library History, vol. 22, no. 3 (Summer 1987): 338-341.
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- Early Catalogs and Shelflists of the Harvard College Library, 1723-1822: an inventory