Baker Library Special Collections is open to all members of the Harvard University community and to visiting researchers who are conducting academic research. Due to preservation concerns, the collections are not open for genealogical research.

Appointments are not necessary to use the collections, but we encourage researchers to contact Special Collections prior to visiting. Many collections are stored offsite and require 2 to 3 days advance notice for retrieval. In addition, there may be some restrictions on access that apply to certain collections.

Please see the Collections page for an overview of our collections and the Search page for tips on locating materials.

Special Collections public services staff can introduce visiting and virtual researchers to our collections and provide assistance in effectively using the catalogs, databases, and finding aids to the collections. Research librarians and archivists are available to discuss your research project and possible resources within Special Collections upon request.

To make the most of your research visit, please review Preparing for Your Visit.

de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room

The collections are available for use in the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room on the first floor of Baker Library | Bloomberg Center.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., excepting most holidays

Travel Information

Parking on campus is limited; when available, a day permit for the Harvard Business School Visitor Parking Lot can be purchased at the guard booth on the day of your visit.

The HBS campus is a short walk from the Harvard Square train station and two bus lines, the 66 and 86, stop by HBS. See the MBTA website for more information on public transportation options.

Accommodations and Local Information

HBS Campus Map and Directions

Contact Information


Phone: 617-495-6411

Fax: 617-495-5957

Mailing Address: 

Baker Library Special Collections
Baker Library | Bloomberg Center
Harvard Business School
Soldiers Field
Boston, MA 02163