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 Longwood Campus students and postdocs only.

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times (extras are available at our security desk).

  • Eating and drinking is prohibited throughout the library, with the exception of the Café area.

Masking Policy

Harvard University continues to require masks and face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Eating indoors is permitted only in Countway Connection Café. Masks may be removed only when actively eating. Masks and face coverings are no longer required outdoors for those who have been fully vaccinated. For those not fully vaccinated, masks are required outdoors for those who cannot maintain a 6-foot distance from others. Individuals may also choose to wear masks in settings where masks are not required.

Countway Safety Ambassadors monitor the library building throughout the day to ensure masking policies are adhered to. If you are in repeated violation of mask adherence more than twice in one day, you will be asked by security to leave the building and your name will be sent to COVID-19 Advisory Team (CAT) for their records.

Communication Policies


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”

  • They can be in landscape or portrait mode

  • Please include contact information on your flier

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

  • 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 @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.