About the CfA and the Wolbach Library
The Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) consists of the Harvard College Observatory, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and numerous ground-based and space-based telescopes and observatories. In 1973, the Smithsonian Institution and Harvard University formalized their collaboration as the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) to coordinate the related research activities of the two observatories under a single director, George B. Field. Today, the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory retain their separate identities, each responsible to its parent organization, with combined CfA staffs in six research divisions: Atomic and Molecular Physics; High Energy Astrophysics; Optical and Infrared Astronomy; Radio and Geoastronomy; Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences; and Theoretical Astrophysics.
Further background information about Wolbach Library in particular is available on Wolbach's "About" page..
Physical and Digital Access to Wolbach Library
- 24/7/365 access to information for CfA staff
- I.D. card required to enter and exit Library after hours (5 p.m. to 9 a.m. and weekends)
- 24/7 circulation: Self-check system
- Books can be checked out for the duration of a semester term, unless recalled, and patrons may have up to 5 renewals (online at HOLLIS, phone the library, walk-in)
- Online access is controlled by a "proxy server," requires a HarvardKey (licensed/copyright protected), and is restricted to use by faculty, researchers, staff, and students
- HOLLIS Classic and HOLLIS+, the online catalog for Wolbach and all the Harvard Libraries
- Some material is stored offsite at the Harvard Depository, usually with 24-hour turnaround for requests
- Special collections
- Charts, atlases, ephemerides
- Dissertations (including most Harvard Astronomy Department dissertations) and Theses
- Materials in a broad range of subjects: astronomy, physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, mathematics, etc.
- Full access is HarvardKey restricted
- Systematic downloading of large quantities of information is prohibited and can limit access for others
- See Wolbach's "Search Literature" menu for:
- 1-on-1 assistance from librarians - Contact Us
- Global reach (Interlibrary loan/document delivery)
- Many items delivered within 24 hours of request
- Borrow Direct and Harvard Library dropoff location
- Onsite Resources