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 with in-person facilities mostly closed to patrons. Updates on what services are available can be found on a dedicated page that is continually updated to reflect the latest COVID-19-related openings and closures. Note that if you visit any specific library pages, their site headlines may be advertising things like study spaces or media studios which are not currently open. 

Here Are Some of the Things You Can Do:

Receive email updates


About evolving library resources (every two weeks).

Borrow almost any circulating material


Via online request and curbside pickup

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 closed facilities with non-circulating materials, 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.

Though libraries such as the Houghton that house non-circulating material are currently closed, 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. While their physical location is currently closed, the URC is conducting a series of 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