Countway Library's 2019-2021 Renovation
The renovation transformation allows Countway Library to engage and align users to its mission of service, education, and research by capitalizing on the strengths of its space, staff and collections. It is Countway's responsibility to share its rich resources with Harvard’s Medical and Dental Schools, and the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, as well as the entire Longwood Medical area. Countway now has quiet spaces for individual study, active spaces for programming and special events, and gathering spaces for collaboration and socialization. For example, the Countway Connection Café, Coop, Community Garden, and open area seating provide opportunities for our users to reconnect with one another. Countway is a social connector, and is in the position to rebuild these social bonds through its shared spaces and programming. The library evidently shows its positive impact on the community as it continues to average over 800 turnstile swipes per day.
Libraries are no longer just brick and mortar buildings to house collections. Medical libraries can and do play an important role in improving the health and well-being of their community on their campuses. As part of the evolution of Countway Library, we have a renewed focus on community well-being as well as serving as a resource for research and learning. There are many activities the newly-renovated Countway Library has to offer our students, faculty and staff. Countway now has dedicated spaces, resources and community-building programming. We welcome the entire campus community to join us in our new spaces as we expand library programming through the lens of social connection.
With new spaces for learning, research, collaboration, and social connection, the renovated Countway Library brings the Longwood community together. Click through to see some of the library's brand new features.
Countway now has a brand new entrance on Huntington Avenue! The renovation created new seating areas and more accessible routes to and from the library, including a bridge to the entrance and an ADA accessible ramp leading to the rest of campus.
The Countway Connection Café inside the Huntington Avenue atrium serves Illy coffee drinks as well as grab-and-go lunch items and snacks. The café is staffed from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday, and a self-service checkout system is available for after-hours purchases.
The new Harvard Coop location inside the Huntington Avenue atrium offers merchandise from all three Longwood Campus schools: HMS, HSDM, and Harvard Chan. The Coop is open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday.
The new Russell Reading Room has plentiful seating for dedicated quiet study space, as well as study rooms available for individual and group studying.
The first floor of Countway is now available for collaborative activities including group studying, art marking, and pet therapy!
This innovative and collaborative space on the first floor houses an Anatomage Table as well as a 3D Printer and workspace! Consultations are available to help orient new users to the machines.
Two brand new classroom spaces are available for workshops or events. These rooms can also be combined into one for larger programs. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer great lighting and views of the Community Garden.
Countway's new book locker system allows you to easily access your reserved materials onsite. The book lockers are located one floor below the lobby and accessible via stairs and an elevator.
There are now two self checkout stations at Countway: one on L1 and one on the 2nd floor in the Russell Reading Room. Patrons also have the option of using a mobile app to check out books while at the library! You can find it by searching "Harvard Library Checkout" in your app store.
Is the museum closed?
The Warren Anatomical Museum is temporarily closed. However, some museum collections can be explored online, and the collection is open to researchers with Harvard IDs by appointment! Research inquiries can be sent to the curator through the Center for the History of Medicine. For more information visit countway.info/wam.
Does Countway have a lactation/mothers' room?
Yes! Countway has a newly renovated Lactation/Mothers' Room on the second floor (room 202), which operates on a first-come, first-served schedule. Learn more at countway.info/spaces.
Does Countway have a meditation/prayer room?
Yes! Countway's newly renovated Meditation Room is located inside the Russell Reading Room on the second floor. Learn more at countway.info/spaces.