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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 our list of affiliated groups to determine eligibility.

Borrow Direct:

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


Borrowers may check out and renew circulating library items.
Journals, reference materials and government documents do not circulate. 

Copying, Scanning, and Printing:

Countway maintains photocopiers, scanners, and printers. Photocopiers use Crimson Cash.
There are black and white printers are available in the Russell Reading Room, 2nd floor, 3rd floor, and on L1 and L2.
Color printing is available on the 2nd floor.


The Countway Library has three exhibit areas open, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.

  • LL2 Lobby: Center for the History of Medicine exhibits
  • First floor lobby area: Library-wide exhibit area
  • Fifth floor atrium: Warren Anatomical Museum Exhibit Gallery

Phone for exhibit information: (617) 432-2170

Food Friendly Policy:

Countway Library of Medicine is a food friendly environment.

Food and drink are welcome except in the Computer Teaching Room (LL025), the Center for the History of Medicine (L2), or the Warren Anatonmical Museum (on the 5th floor).

In case of a spill, each person is expected to take responsibility for reporting the situation to library or facilities and making efforts to clean up promptly. Reports can be made to the library staff at the 1st floor front desk or facilities can be called at (617) 432-1901.

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.

MIT Borrowing Privileges:

HMS, HSDM, and HSPH faculty, staff, and students may apply for borrowing privileges directly at MIT's Hayden Library.
You will receive Borrow Direct+ privileges, and have access to borrowing any items that are available through our Borrow Direct agreement.

Physical Access To Library Resoures:

Access to print collections: Includes access to books, journals, reference materials, and the reserve collection.
Access to electronic resources: Access to electronic resources is available to all users physically located within the Countway building.
Study space: Countway has study space throughout the building.

Records Managment:

The Records Management (RM) program advises and educates HMS/HSDM/HSPH faculty and staff in the management of recorded information in all formats to ensure timely access to important information resources, compliance with recordkeeping laws, regulations, policies, and best practices, and preservation of the historical record of HMS, HSDM and HSPH. Core services include developing recordkeeping policies and procedures, education and training, outreach to HMS/HSDM/HSPH and affiliates, office and individual consultations, appraisal of records, coordinating the transfer of records to the Harvard Depository for storage and their subsequent management, and transferring permanent records to the Archives. 

Reference Walk-in Services:

The Countway Reference staff provides assistance in using Harvard’s electronic and print resources and in locating primary research data.

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 affiliates (anyone with a Harvard ID, Longwood-based or other), 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. 

Scan and Deliver

Scan & Deliver is a free, electronic document delivery service for Harvard students, faculty, staff, summer school students and special borrowers with access to Harvard Library's electronic resources. You may request and obtain electronically scanned portions of certain items from the library collections that are currently on the shelf.