Individuals conducting research for Harvard faculty members are eligible to receive a Research Assistant account. These accounts are proxies under the sponsoring faculty's library account. They give full access to Harvard Library resources.

The faculty sponsor assumes full responsibility for all fines, fees, and other liabilities incurred through the use of these privileges. All correspondence related to library use goes to the sponsor, not the assistant.

Countway can make accounts for faculty of the following schools:

  • Harvard Medical School (HMS)
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM)
  • Harvard T.H. Chan School (HSPH)

For other schools, please contact the Harvard Library Privileges Office.

Procedure for New Applicants

  • Download the application
  • Complete the form in its entirety and sign (both sponsor and researcher)
  • Bring the application and a government-issued ID to the front desk on a weekday between 8:00am and 3:30pm

We will process the application and explain activation. We will also be happy to explain how to use our resources and answer any of your questions. Cards are valid for one year after issue. Please email with inquiries.

Temporary Procedure for Renewals

The university has mandated that all active Research Assistants be given a new account with a new Harvard ID number. In this process old accounts will be deactivated.

This means that the first renewal under this policy will have to follow the new applicant procedure, as described above.