Grossman Library

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Grossman Library
CountryUnited States of America
TypeUniversity library
Established1964 (1964)
Dissolved2018 (2018)
LocationCambridge, Massachusetts
Branch ofHarvard University
WebsiteGrossman Library

Grossman Library, located at its closure on the third floor of Sever Hall in Harvard Yard, was the Harvard Extension School's primary library. It is part of the Harvard College Library, the library system of Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. It was a reserve reading and study library, named in 1982 for alumnus and benefactor Edgar Grossman.[1]

The library was established in 1964 in Lehman Hall, along with study spaces, conferences rooms, library facilities, and a dining hall for Extension students.[2] In 1983–84 the library moved to Sever Hall and saw a doubling of usage to nearly 30,000 student visits, with 13,000 reserve books being circulated for in-library use.[3]

It had on permanent display a number of works from the famed artist Allan Rohan Crite, including a collection of sketches, The Revelation of Saint John the Divine, and illustrations.[4] Crite was a member of the class of 1968.

In 2018, the Extension School announced enhanced access for its students to the entire Harvard University library system, and closed Grossman Library, with its collections to be distributed among other libraries of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.[5]


  1. ^ Shinagel 2010, p. 152.
  2. ^ Shinagel 2010, p. 111.
  3. ^ Shinagel 2010, p. 138.
  4. ^ "Allan Rohan Crite". The President and Fellows of Harvard College. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  5. ^ Zhang, Cindy H. (11 September 2018). "Extension School Expands Library Access for Students, Closes Grossman". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 22 October 2018.

Works cited[edit]

  • Shinagel, Michael (2010), The Gates Unbarred: A History of University Extension at Harvard, 1910–2009, Harvard University Press, ISBN 0674051351

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