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Access & Privileges

Harvard ID holders at HMS, HSPH, and HSDM have full Countway privileges and services.
Other users should refer to Who Can Use Countway?

Borrow Direct:

Borrow Direct enables patrons to borrow books from a network of libraries.

Copying, Scanning, and Printing:

Countway maintains photocopiers, scanners, and printers. Photocopiers use Crimson Cash.
There are black and white printers in the Russell Reading Room, 2nd floor, 3rd floor, and on Lower floor 1 and Lower floor 2.
Color printing is available on the 2nd floor.

Harvard Direct:

Harvard Direct enables eligible patrons to request books from participating Harvard Libraries and have them delivered to any Harvard Library that has a circulating collection.

Remote Access to Licensed Digital Resources:

Access from outside the library building to databases, e-journals, and other digital resources licensed by Harvard University for the use of current faculty, staff, and students.
Remote access to Harvard's digital resources requires a Harvard log in.

Remote Document Delivery (Countway Express):

This is a document delivery service providing all Harvard ID-holders with faxed or mailed copies of chapters and articles from materials owned by Countway.
Call (617) 432-2631 for a form and fee schedule. This service is available Monday-Friday, 9-5.

For those who wish to acquire copies of items owned by Countway who are ineligible for this program, we provide Interlibrary Loan to other libraries via Docline, OCLC, mail or fax ((617) 432-1833). Individuals should contact their own hospital or local institution libraries, or their local public library. Individuals may also wish to use the National Library of Medicine’s Loansome Doc ordering system. This program is not operated by the Countway Library.

Massachusetts Medical Society members without Harvard IDs can access this service through the Boston Medical Library Branch Library at 860 Winter Street in Waltham. 

Research Imaging Services:

Research Imaging Services provides digital graphic and imaging training, resources and support for researchers, clinicians, educators and administrators in the Harvard Medical School biomedical research and academic communities. Specific services include classes and individualized trainings that address imaging and presentation needs of researchers, graphics hardware and software support, assistance with poster creation and printing, and consulting services on imaging, hardware and software, workflow management for imaging projects, and image management.