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We are here to help! The Harvard Library’s Reference Librarians provide assistance during all hours the Library is open. 

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 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 call the Reference Desk at 978-456-4114 or email