The John G. Wolbach Library accepts gifts-in-kind, or non-monetary donations, which enhance and complete its collection. The Library reserves the right to limit such gifts to those which substantially benefit the Library and are cost effective to receive, catalog, process, maintain and preserve. The Library, through its governing institutions, assumes ownership of all donations and reserves the right to add donated materials to its collections, and to exchange, sell, or discard them as appropriate. Following Smithsonian Institution policy, no staff member may provide an appraisal of… Read more about Can you state the value of the materials I have donated to the Library for tax purposes?
Library staff members are always interested in hearing your comments or concerns about our resources and services. CfA staff may also contact their Library Committee representative to discuss Library issues. Each scientific division at the CfA is represented by a Library Committee member.
The parking lot at the CfA requires a parking permit. Temporary permits, subject to availability, may be purchased at the HCO Administrative Office, room B-115. You can alsopurchase a temporary permit online.
There are two photocopiers at Wolbach. One photocopier has the added capability for copying pages in bound volumes. The other photocopier, besides usual copier functions, has a document feeder for copying multiple 1 or 2 sided pages. This copier also can copy in color to a flash drive, or print (black and white only) from a flash drive. There is no charge to use the copiers.
FAS faculty, administrative or research staff (i.e., exempt FAS staff holding Officer cards), graduate students in GSAS, and Harvard College undergraduate students, are eligible for borrowing privileges at the following MIT libraries: Barker Engineering, Dewey (social sciences and management), Hayden (humanities), Lewis Music, and Rotch (architecture and planning).
There is a Library Messenger service which travels between the Harvard Libraries. Materials from other Harvard Libraries can be returned to Wolbach Library, just as Wolbach Library materials can be returned to any Harvard Library.
Library materials may be returned at the Circulation Desk during business hours.
After-hours, Library materials may be returned using the book drop outside the front entrance to the Perkin building lobby at 60 Garden Street.
If you are located at the CfA, you have access to the entire SPIE Digital Library with IP authentication. At present you need to be on a computer that's wired into the CfA network. For access, sign in at http://spiedigitallibrary.org/.
You can access SPIE Proceedings in the HOLLIS Catalog at the CfA or remotely:
Harvard undergraduate students should request interlibrary loans through their undergraduate libraries. Harvard Astronomy graduate students and CfA staff should request materials not available in the Wolbach Library collection through the Wolbach Library material request form on this website.