2/24/2022: The Botany Libraries welcomes back all visitors to the reading room beginning Monday Feb. 28, 2022. Non Harvard ID holders will need to call 617-495-2366 upon arrival into the Herbarium lobby for access to the second floor. All visitors will need to follow the Harvard Library Visitor Access COVID-19 Guidance.


Beginning October 4, 2021, the main reading room is open to all researchers. The main reading room is located on the second floor of the Harvard University Herbaria (HUH). It is open Monday through Friday from 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm except for University holidays.

Archival collections may be consulted by advance appointment only.

All researchers visiting the Botany Libraries must adhere to the COVID-19 requirements presented in the Harvard College Library Visitor Access website. Visitors do not need to make an appointment with the Access and Borrowing Office to use the Botany Libraries – required documentation as outlined in the policies may be brought directly to the Botany Libraries.