If you plan to use Baker's Special Collections, please review their Visit Us page.
de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room
Special Collections materials are made available to researchers in the de GaspéBeaubien Reading Room on the first floor of the Baker Library | Bloomberg Center. MBA students are welcome to use the room as a quiet study space. The Beaubien Reading Room is able to offer research and study space to 20 people.
The de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room is open Monday-Friday.
Stamps Reading Room
For quiet study space, the Stamps Reading Room (SRR) can't be beat. Shared tables, individual study carrels and comfortable seating are all available on the third floor of the Baker Library | Bloomberg Center. Open seven days a week, it's the perfect place to study, read cases, or just relax between classes. Librarians are available to assist you with anything from course assignments, career research or independent project work.
Only current Harvard students, faculty, and staff may use the databases in this room.
Stamps Reading Room Annex
This collaborative work space is located on the 3rd floor, adjacent to the Stamps Reading Room. The space features several amenities for patrons including:
Mediascape w/ large shareable monitor
Flexible workspace with whiteboards
Copier and scanner
Stacks (Contemporary Collection)
The majority of Baker's circulating collection, as well as our serials and microformat materials are located on the Stacks level. Accessible only from the elevator in the within the Stamps Reading Room Annex, the stacks are the quietest study space within the library providing both team space and individual study carrels. This space also includes our microformat readers/scanners. The stacks close 15 minutes prior to the reading room.
Baker Library Exchange
The Exchange located inside the South entrance to the Baker Library | Bloomberg Center provides real-time business and financial information for the HBS community. The Exchange is a place to get together and experience real-time happenings in the business and financial world. The Exchange features:
Eight workstations; 2 of which provide access to Bloomberg (available to HBS MBAs, doctoral students, faculty, and staff only. Authorized Baker visitors may use Bloomberg in the Stamps Reading Room.)
42-inch wall displays show content from Bloomberg, CNN news, and other business cable news channels.
To view the Baker Library staff list, use the Harvard Library Staff Directory link below. Once the new page open, click the "Libraries" link on the left-hand side of the page and Select "Baker Library" from the list.
Baker Library advances the mission of the Harvard Business School by providing distinctive information services, resources and expertise so that our community excels.
Baker Library holds the preeminent collection of contemporary and historic business information in the world. A team of close to 100 librarians, archivists, economists, statisticians, journalists, and information management professionals offer a range of custom research, teaching and learning services and products for Harvard Business School’s diverse community as well as meeting the research needs of the Harvard University community and scholars from around the globe.
Baker Library is at the vanguard of academic library innovation, experimenting with linked data, semantic data modeling, and digital product development to disseminate faculty research thus creating an information ecosystem in which libraries are integral partners with 21st century scholars.
History of Baker Library
Harvard Business School was established in March 1908 as the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. A $1,000 gift provided the initial funds to acquire a small library collection, housed in an alcove of Gore Hall (the predecessor to Widener Library).
The library was designated as a "special library" in 1911 and Charles C. Eaton was appointed the first full-time librarian in 1919. The present campus on Soldiers Field in Boston was dedicated in 1927, with Baker Library named for George F. Baker, who donated $5 million dollars to build the entire HBS campus.
Baker Library underwent a major renovation and expansion from 2003-2005. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and built by Skanska USA, the updated Baker Library includes a restored historic lobby and third-floor Stamps Reading Room; the Exchange, a physical and virtual space that offers real-time business and financial information tools; the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room which houses the Special Collections Department; and a central stair hall that introduces natural light into the center of the building, with faculty and staff offices on each floor.