Safety Policies

Countway cares about your health! Please adhere to the following safety policies when visiting the library:

  • The library building is currently available to Harvard ID holders only with the exception of Saturdays.

  • In accordance with Harvard University's COVID update, as well as Dean Daley's community message: effective March 7, 2022, face coverings are optional inside Countway Library. We ask that all patrons please respect and support one another’s personal health choices around masking, based on individual circumstances and risks.

  • E-Scooters are not permitted (PDF) in Countway Library. Harvard Security has provided details on registering e-scooters & micro-mobility devices with the university and options for secure parking around campus.

  • Eating remains prohibited throughout the library, with the exception of designated Countway Connection Café area tables.

Space Use Policies

There are a number of different types of spaces available at Countway Library, and policies regarding usage and availability vary. Please refer to our Countway Spaces webpage for current information about our space policies.

Communication Policies

Countway Library is committed to upholding Harvard Medical School's Mission, Community Values & Diversity Statement and Statement of Mutual Respect and Public Discourse.


Flyers posted in Countway Library elevators must first be approved by the Countway Outreach Office. Please email the flyer image for approval. Once approved, flyers will receive a small Countway Cares (CC) stamp and will be posted in all four Countway elevators. Any flyers found without approval will be removed. Please note flyers will only be authorized within one month of event date. Flyers must be 8.5”x11”, landscape or portrait mode, and include contact information and a URL for further details.

Digital Monitors

If your event takes place at Countway Library, is co-sponsored by Countway Library, or is hosted by a department housed within the Countway Library building, you may advertise your event on our digital monitors. Digital monitor slides appear for approximately 10 seconds at a time. It is recommended that you limit your text to a maximum of 3-4 lines for easy reading. Please note that slides will only be authorized within one month of the event date and will be removed from monitors the day after the event.

To advertise on digital monitors: email the image to the Countway Outreach Team for approval. Image must be in high resolution and in JPG or PNG format. Image dimensions must be 1920 pixels (width) by 1080 pixels (height).

Social Media

Want us to mention your event? Tag Countway on Twitter/X @HMSCountway, Instagram @CountwayLibrary or Facebook @CountwayLibrary and we may mention or share your post! You can also connect with us using the hashtags #Countway or #CountwayLibrary.

Book Donation Policy

Full Book Donation Policy PDF. Please contact Len Levin with questions.

Service Animals Policy

Service animals are welcome in the library.