Wifi & Harvard Key:
HarvardKey is Harvard University's login authentication system. All members of the CfA community are eligible to claim a HarvardKey. You will need to claim and use your HarvardKey in order to access online CfA Library and Harvard resources.Click here for a list, sorted by School and role, of the applications and systems for which you can use your new HarvardKey login.<embed>
Harvard Alumni library access
A working group, formed under the authorization of the Harvard Library Leadership Team in collaboration with the Harvard Alumni Association, has set up access to a limited offering of electronic resources for Harvard alumni. These can be viewed here.
SAO employee access at 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 Libraries Access Services Department. If you encounter any 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. If for some reason the Privileges office is closed or if you'd prefer to call or email ahead of time, the Privileges staff can be reached at 617-495-4166 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
My ID card doesn't work to get into the Library.
24-hour access via ID card is linked to building access, which is linked to the CfA staff database. Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) and Harvard College Observatory (HCO) Employees and Official Visitors, Harvard Astronomy Department Graduate Students and other Center for Astrophysics (CfA) affiliates who have a current entry in the CfA Staff Database are eligible for 24-hour access to the Library.
If you do have 24-hour building access, but your card does not work in the Library doors, contact the HCO Business Office, B-115, 617-495-7540.
See also Hours, Parking, Map
Books & Resources:
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 electronic devices.
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Returning Harvard books
You can return any Harvard Library book here at the Wolbach Library. 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.
- Library materials may also be returned at most other Harvard Libraries (the borrower must check the policies of each Library; some Libraries may not accept returns for other Harvard Libraries).
Library materials may be returned by mail to:
- John G. Wolbach Library, Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St. MS-56, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Getting materials from other libraries
Journals & Proceedings:
Accessing online journals
Full-text journals through ADS
Please note that all abstracts and articles in the ADS are copyrighted by the publisher, and access is free for personal use only.
In order to access both the ADS article archive and the more recent literature in ADS that is available through current Wolbach Library paid subscriptions, you must have an ADS account set up to link to the Harvard University proxy servers. This will enable links to the full text of a paper via the familiar "Find it @ Harvard" buttons when viewing an ADS record with full-text availability.
- Create a new account or sign into your existing account.
Confirm link present for HU Library Server:
- Go to the ADS Account Management page
- Click on "Library Links Settings."
- Once the next page opens, make sure the pull down menu for “Select Library Link server” is set to "Harvard University Library", then, “Save Settings”
Add Abstract Service Proxy:
- Log in to your account (upper right corner)
- Go to ADS User preferences
- Click on Set/Review your User preferences
- Paste the following link into the Abstract Server Proxy Field: http://adsabs.harvard.edu.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/
- Click Save Settings button
- You can now use the ADS from the usual web addresses:
To access full-text articles through ADS at home, simply log into the ADS with the email address used to create the account. You will need to enter your HarvardKey to authenticate yourself, after which you will be granted access to all of the electronic resources as if you were at work.
Full-text articles with Google Scholar
In order to view full-text resources available through the Harvard University Library System, you must link your account on Google Scholar search to the Harvard University proxy server. This will enable links to full-text via the familiar "Find it @ Harvard" buttons when viewing a Google Scholar record with full-text availability.
Go to Google Scholar’s main page and click “Settings”
Select “Library links” on the left of the page
In the empty box, type “Harvard” and click Search
Check the box next to “Harvard University - Find It @ Harvard” and click “Save”
Now “Find it @ Harvard” buttons will appear next to resources. If you are logged into your cfa.harvard.edu or other google based email address, the changes to the settings page should remain in effect when you return to Google Scholar.
Always feel free to contact the library if you have questions or concerns about intellectual property and copyright.
The most comprehensive source of information about U.S. copyright is the U.S. Copyright Office. Their website provides answers to many questions about copyright. See also: Information on Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians. Another good resource is the Digital Media Law Project Primer on Copyright Liability and Fair Use. Additional Harvard resources include: the Copyright First responders, Copyright Basics and Copyright and Fair Use: a Guide for the Harvard Community.
I'm a new CfA Predoc/Postdoc Fellow. What do I need to know?
The CfA Fellowship Program Office is located in Room B-218 on the Observatory grounds at 60 Garden Street in Cambridge, and provides information for Predoc and Postdoc Fellows regarding:
Ms. Christine Crowley
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