Library Resources for Foreign Languages (Instructors)

The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, Chenyu GuanThe Harvard Libraries’ massive collection of printed works and digital media is largely available to Harvard community members, even when in-person facilities are mostly closed to patrons. Please vist the library homepage to find their guides to resources: https://library.harvard.edu/

Here Are Some of the Things You Can Do:

Receive email updates


About evolving library resources (every two weeks).

Borrowing library material


From several different sources and with various delivery options.

Search BorrowDirect


And request circulating material from other institutions.

Access digital materials for teaching or research purposes


And use other Harvard Libraries materials in remote teaching. 

Schedule a research consultation


Regarding a specific project or topic.

View digital collections 


From any screen, for special collections such as Houghton Library.

Submit a question of any kind to the library staff; someone is online and answering questions during normal business hours and you should receive a response within a day if not much sooner.

When libraries such as the Houghton that house non-circulating material are not accessible in person, images and facsimiles of many of their collections can be found online.

Of critical importance with all Harvard courses meeting remotely is the Digital Accessibility Services group, which supports the Harvard community in making sure that everyone has the opportunity to access the university’s knowledge, ideas, and resources. DAS offers training, consultation, and resources on accessibility for content creators and developers, and their online resources are available to all community members.

Simlarly, the User Research Center continues to contribute to the general effort to understand how users interact with online interfaces, spaces, and services. User research is an essential part of designing and evaluating public services, and this unit critical to the promotion of equitable access to Harvard’s online resources. The URC conducts online seminars on usability and accessibility; peruse the event schedule https://urc.library.harvard.edu/calendar and register for a session that interests you.

Please refer your students to our page dedicated to library resources that they may find helpful.

Selected streamed media collections at Harvard:
guides.library.harvard.edu/stream