FAQ

Do SAO employees have access to Harvard libraries?

Your SAO ID should allow you entry and borrowing privileges at all Harvard libraries.

Admittance to the Harvard Libraries is controlled by the Harvard Library Access Services Department. If you encounter any access issues, please go to the Privileges office, Room 130 in Widener, and the staff there will arrange to have your card coded correctly for entry.  The Privileges staff can be reached at 617-495-4166 or by email: ...

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Why doesn't my ID work to get into Wolbach?

24-hour access via ID card is linked to building access, which is linked to the CfA staff database. All CfA affiliates who have a current entry in the CfA Staff Database are eligible for 24-hour access to the Library. If you should have 24-hour building access, but your card does not work on the Library doors, contact the HCO Business Office, B-115, 617-495-7540.

How do I renew materials?

You may renew most library materials remotely (via HOLLIS or phone) up to five times. After that, the materials must be returned and may be renewed in person. Once renewed in person, the renewal cycle starts anew.

Exceptions to the 5-Renewals rule include borrowing Wolbach's Exceptions to the 5-Renewals rule include borrowing Wolbach's .

Phone renewals: 
617-496-5769 (Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm) 
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Can I return any Harvard Library book at the Wolbach Library?

You can return any Harvard Library book at the Wolbach Library. There is a messenger service that travels between the Harvard libraries. Coorespondingly, Wolbach Library materials can be returned to any other Harvard Library.

  • Library materials may be returned at the Wolbach Library Circulation Desk during regular business hours.
  • Library materials may be returned by mail to:

    John G. Wolbach Library
    Center for Astrophysics
    60 Garden St. MS-56
    Cambridge, MA 02138.