Using Baker's Extensive Collections
Baker Library's physical collections include approximately 600,000 printed volumes, 186,000 annual reports, over 1 million microform items, 23,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, and 31,000 photographs. Baker subscribes to nearly 4,000 serial and periodical titles and to over 100 electronic resources.
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- E-Resources at Baker and other Harvard Libraries
Browse Database A-Z for descriptions of electronic resources through Baker Library, or visit Harvard Library eResearch for a more comprehensive list of electronic resources available through the Harvard Library.
- Books and Pamphlets
The main circulating collect is of books is shelved in open stacks on Level S. The elevator to this level of Baker is in the Stamps Reading Room on the third floor. Most Books from the general collections may be borrowed for four weeks. HBS faculty may arrange for extended loans.
The Stamps Reading Room houses additional book collections including:
- Core Collection - established in 1969 as a browsing collection, the Core Collection contains more than 2,000 books that reflect the teaching and interests of the Harvard Business School. List of Core Collection Books by Call Number (Generated 5/29/2013)
- Harvard Business School Thesis/Dissertation Collection - Circulating copies of HBS DBA theses completed before 2005. Recent dissertations can be downloaded from Dissertation Abstracts/Digital Dissertations (UMI) and microfilm copies of selected HBS theses since 1972 are available through University Microfilm Incorporated. Earlier theses can be ordered through the Imaging Lab at Harvard College (617-495-3995). Archival copies of HBS dissertations together with selected HBS PhD (Business-Economics) dissertations are held in the Historical Collections Department . For more information, please contact the Historical Collections Reference Staff.
- Reference Collection - noncirculating collection of dictionaries, encyclopedias, statistical compendia, directories, etc.
- Reserve Collection - Materials supporting current HBS classes. Reserve materials may be used in the library for two hours at a time.
- Schwartz Collection - highlights artists whose work can be found on the HBS campus. More.
- Serials, Newspapers and Journals
Serial publications can be searched by title and subject in the HOLLIS catalog and HOLLIS Classic. Both catalogs will give the location for print and microforms and links to electronic editions. Find Articles or Journals for more information
The current issue and up to two years of most active journals and magazines are housed in alphabetical order in the Stamps Reading Room, as are the most recent editions of several newspapers. Bound volumes are kept in the Baker Library stacks or in Baker Old Class. Serials do not circulate outside of Baker Library.
Titles that ceased publication before 1971 are in the Baker Old Class collection. Request issues through the Old Class Retrieval Request Form.
- Corporate Reports
Baker Library has one of the largest Corporate Reports collections in the world. It includes annual reports to shareholders, 10-Ks, 10-Qs, 20-Fs, 6-Ks, proxy statements, and prospectuses.
- Historical Collections
Baker Library's Historical Collections contains manuscripts and rare books from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries, paper corporate report holdings dating back to the early nineteenth century, and the HBS Archives. Many of these items have catalog records in the HOLLIS Catalog. Historical Collections also curates material added to the general collection before 1971 in the Baker Library Old Class collection. The unique arrangement of the collection brings together books, periodicals, government documents, corporate histories, and pamphlets organized by industries in one place. It is valuable for historical research, particularly for tracing the development and growth of American business and industry from the late nineteenth to the first decades of the twentieth century.
Patrons should contact the Historical Collections Reference Staff to schedule an appointment.
- Working Papers
HBS Working papers can be located through HBS Faculty and Research Web site-Working Papers or the HOLLIS Catalog. Contact Baker Library Historical Collections to request a copy. All HBS Working Papers are copyrighted by their authors. For permission to reproduce, contact an author directly.