Who Can Use Baker Library?

Baker Library serves the Harvard Business School community, as well as Harvard University, alumni, and researchers.

  • Visitors may access the Stamps Reading Room for a fee during Information Services hours. Purchase access cards at the Stamps Reading Room Service Desk, located on the third floor of Baker Library. Fees may be paid by American Express, MasterCard, and Visa.
  • Paid access to the Stamps Reading Room grants visiting researchers the use of many of our licensed databases.
  • Before visiting the Stamps Reading Room, please contact Information Services (617.495.6040). We want to ensure that any research trip involving significant time and expense is worthwhile.
  • Baker Library Special Collections is open to all members of the Harvard University community and to visiting researchers who are conducting academic research. For information about visiting, see Special Collections.

Who:

Fee:

Be sure to bring:

HBS and HU faculty, staff and students

Includes:
HCL Research Assistants
Extension School degree candidates
Summer School students

  • Free access
  • Valid Harvard ID

HBS MBA and faculty partners

  • Free access
  • Valid Harvard ID

HBS alumni

  • Free access
  • Valid photo ID

Cross Registered at HBS

  • Free access
  • Valid photo ID
  • ID from registrar or documentation of fees paid to registrar

Visiting doctoral students

  • Free access
  • Valid student photo ID
  • Letter from faculty advisor or university verifying current status

Visiting faculty

  • Free access
  • Valid faculty ID

Visiting students

  • $15/day or $60/month (30 days)
  • Valid student photo ID

Visiting researchers (including HU alumni and HCL Special Borrowers)

  • $50/day or $200/month (30 days)
  • Valid photo ID

Visitors using Boston Public Library materials housed at Baker

  • Free access for BPL material.
  • $50/day or $200/month for use of any other Baker material.
  • Valid photo ID
  • Referral letter from the Boston Public Library.

Visitors using National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) materials

  • Free access to NEH microfilm (as identified in HOLLIS).
  • $50/day or $200/month for use of any other Baker material.
  • Valid photo ID

Reciprocal Institutional Agreements*

  • Free access
  • Valid student photo ID

*Andover-Newton Theology School, Episcopal Divinity School, Fletcher School (Tufts), Sloan School (MIT), University of Tokyo, Weston Jesuit School of Theology

Borrowing

Borrowing privileges for Baker's circulating items are extended to holders of Harvard University ID cards (including Extension school IDs), HBS Partner cards, and Harvard Library Research Assistant cards.

Proxy borrowing on behalf of faculty is encouraged for HBS Faculty Support Specialists and HBS Research Assistants. 

Please note that many items in Baker's collections are not eligible for borrowing and are for in-library use only.  Examples of non-circulating items include journals, microforms, reference items, and materials from our Special Collections.

Loan Periods

Item Type

Loan Period

Books

28 days*

HBS Theses

28 days*

Audio/Visual Materials

14 days

Reserve Items (In-library use only)

2 hours

*Harvard faculty, staff, proxies, and doctoral candidates have term loans.

Renewals

To renew an item, go to HOLLIS and use the "My Account" feature. Or, you may renew items in person at Baker's service desk.

After five renewals, materials must be brought to the library to be checked out.

Recalls

Material that is on loan to one library user may be recalled by another.

To place a recall, click "Request Item" next to its listing in HOLLIS.

If an item you have is recalled, a recall notice will be sent via email. Borrowers are guaranteed 10 days use with each charged item that is recalled, unless it is needed for reserves use. If the guaranteed use period has elapsed, the recalled item is due seven days after the date the recall is placed.

All borrowers, regardless of category, who do not respond promptly to recalls will be fined and may be subject to suspension of library borrowing privileges.

Fines

The following fines apply to items returned after their due date.  

  • Overdue item fine: $0.50/day ($20 max).
  • Recall item fine: $2/day in addition to the $0.50/day ($48 max).
  • Lost book fees: $120 (includes $100 replacement and processing fee plus $20 for overdue fines). With Recall, this fine could total $148.

Special Collections Policies

Baker Library Special Collections is open to all members of the Harvard University community and to visiting researchers who are conducting academic research.  

For more information on policies related to Special Collections, please see Planning Your Visit to Special Collections.

Use of Licensed Databases

MBA students may use Baker's licensed databases for their own analysis in support of their academic work (including FIELD, independent projects and summer internships), but must follow these guidelines:

  • In your written communication with colleagues, you may excerpt only insignificant portions of reports, articles, and other documents for distribution to company employees or anyone else (i.e., do not email data, entire documents, or reports to others at the company).
  • Never allow others direct access to Baker Library resources (i.e., do not share your password with anyone).
  • Always attribute accurately and completely all data and excerpts you include in your reports. For recommended guidelines, see the HBS Citation Guide.
  • Capital IQ and WRDS do not allow usage with outside organizations, and cut off MBA access to the database in the summer.

Vendors sell Harvard Business School access to their databases at rates that reflect a deep discount compared to what a commercial enterprise would pay. Information providers sell us this content on our contractual guarantee that we will use the data strictly for academic or research purposes. 

Baker Library Research Standards

Baker Library's research professionals are committed to the highest standard of excellence.  Our professionals work with our community of users to identify, analyze, and present information and data to support the generation of knowledge and ideas.

  • ACCOUNTABLE:  Associate your identity with every product you create; you are responsible for the timeliness and accuracy of what you produce.
  • ACCURATE:  Use accurate and reliable sources and techniques when accessing and analyzing data; check for the introduction of errors when you are manipulating data.
  • APPROPRIATE:  Engage in dialog with the research requestor in order to ensure that the product you create will serve to further his/her expressed aims.
  • ARCHIVED AND RECOVERABLE:  Archive all data sets, documentation, programs, exhibits, etc. in a safe and conveniently accessed manner.
  • CONFIDENTIAL:  Assume confidentiality on all projects unless expressly told otherwise by the research requestor; this does not preclude requesting help from other internal research providers on sources or methodologies that will further the research requestor’s aims.   
  • ETHICALLY COLLECTED:  Obtain permission for use of all licensed and primary source data;  any restrictions on use must be observed; HU guidelines must be observed with respect to human subjects, as outlined in “Statement of Policies and Procedures Governing the use of Human Subjects in Research at Harvard University.”
  • METHODOLOGICALLY SOUND AND VALID:  Present your analysis clearly and completely cited, with sufficient discussion to support your inferences and conclusions.
  • REPRODUCIBLE AND VERIFIABLE:  Cite, label, document and preserve every research product you create, in order to assure the integrity of the research process, and to allow verification by other researchers.
  • SOURCED AND DOCUMENTED:  Keep careful records of all sources, transformations, mathematical operations, and analyses; provide these records to the research requestor when the product is delivered.
  • TIMELY:  Deliver all products within a reasonable time and on a predictable schedule based on a common understanding with the research requestor; set realistic expectations, and inform the research requestor of any unanticipated delays as soon as possible.
  • TRANSPARENT:  Ensure that all products will be clear and understandable to any reader, and particularly, to the research requestor; clearly define and label all data items, sources, units of measure, periodicities, and time frames so they are clear and unambiguous; provide clear explanations of all transformations of original data.

Lending to Non-Harvard Libraries

Baker Library, as part of the Harvard Libraries, loans materials or makes photocopies of materials for institutions worldwide.

For more information and contacts, please see the Harvard College Library policies for lending to Non-Harvard libraries.

Please note: the following items cannot be loaned outside of Harvard.
Institutions are encouraged to check Harvard's HOLLIS catalog to determine if the item is eligible by noting its type/location.

  • HBS Cases:  Baker Library is prohibited from copying cases. Please contact Harvard Business School Publishing to order cases.  In most cases, the cost to purchase a case is less than the cost of an average Interlibrary Loan transaction.
  • Bound volumes or entire single issues of serials/periodicals.
  • Items from our Special Collections (Archives, Baker Old Class, and other historical collections).
  • Anything listed as "Non-Circulating" or "In-Library Use."