Countway 2023 (L1) Renovation
Please pardon our appearance and increased noise level during construction! Free earplugs are available at the Info Desk and in the Russell Reading Room.
We are very excited to announce that renovations have begun on the Lower Level 1 (L1) floor at Countway Library! This renovation will expand our study and seating areas, offer new classroom space, incorporate new technology and innovative learning features, and provide space for countless new programs and initiatives at the library.
Construction will begin in early 2023, and we look forward to sharing information about the renovation as it progresses throughout the winter and spring. Stay tuned on the 2023 L1 Renovation News page and keep an eye on our Countway Communiqué Newsletter for exciting updates.
Any questions about the renovation can be directed to Luciana Witowski.
2023 Renovation FAQs
Will the Info Desk need to close?
No, the Information Desk will remain open and staffed throughout the duration of the renovation.
Where are all the books?
All remaining books, with the exception of Special/Named Collections which are located in the 2nd floor Russell Reading Room, have been moved to floor L2 and are now fully accessible.
Can we still use the L1 scanner/lockers/printer during the renovation?
Yes, all self-services on L1 will still be available for use.
Can we still study on L1 during the renovation?
Study rooms and carousels on the perimeter of L1 will be unavailable due to construction. However, the study spaces within the L1 atrium will remain available during this time, as will the study carousels on L2.
Will the elevators still be accessible?
Yes, both North and South elevators will still be available. However, one elevator bank will be reserved for construction use only.
Can we still use the recording studio?
No, the recording studio will remain closed during the renovation. The L1 renovation will include a brand-new recording studio space, so the wait will be well worth it!
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.
2021 Renovation FAQs
Is the museum closed?
Portions of the Warren Anatomical Museum's collection are available for view by Harvard ID holders on the 5th floor of Countway Library. Other parts of the collection 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 the Warren Anatomical Museum homepage.
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 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 Spaces.