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We are here to help! The Harvard Library’s Reference Librarians provide assistance during all hours the Library is open. Stop by in person, call, or email us.

Here are some of the things we help people with regularly:

  • Finding books, audiobooks, movies, television shows and music at HPL or at another library
  • Obtaining copies of articles from magazines, scholarly journals, reports and newspapers
  • Introducing patrons to our local history and genealogical resources
  • Providing reading recommendations
  • Finding business, government, or health and wellness information
  • Assisting with basic computer, tablet and smartphone guidance
  • Teaching patrons how to use the library apps and other electronic resources
  • And much more, just ask us!

Book a Librarian

In addition to our One-on-One Tech Help, we also provide more in-depth research assistance. You can reserve a 30-minute session with a Reference Librarian for one-on-one help with almost anything.

Popular topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to the Library
  • How to place holds on library materials
  • Advanced searching strategies
  • Finding materials for children or teens
  • Help downloading eBooks and other resources
  • Assistance setting up an email account
  • Researching an assignment
  • In-depth demonstration of how to use the library's databases

To reserve a 30-minute session with a Reference Librarian stop by the Reference Desk, call the Reference Desk at 978-456-4114 or email reference@harvardpubliclibrary.org