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Hours, Access, and Appointments

Hours, Access, and Appointments

Oliver Wendell Holmes Hall, the reading room of the Center, is located on lower level 2 ("L2") of the Countway Library. Holmes Hall is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. The Center is usually closed on major holidays and university holidays; call 617.432.2170 for additional information. The staff at the Center welcome anyone who has an interest in consulting the collections.  Physicians, medical students, historians, graduate and undergraduate students, independent scholars, and the general public are encouraged to conduct research in the Center. Researchers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Center's reading room policies in advance of their visit. 

There is no charge for access to the Countway Library facilities for members of the Harvard University community, the Boston Medical Library, the Massachusetts Medical Society, or members of selected affiliated institutions. All other users may be charged a $35.00 per diem access fee. This fee may be waived for researchers using the Center's collections; consult the Public Services Librarian for further information.

As many items in our printed and manuscript collections are now housed in offsite storage, advance appointments to use the collections are strongly encouraged.  Contact the reference staff at 617.432.2170 or chm@hms.harvard.edu to schedule an appointment.