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Support for Users with Disabilities

Harvard's libraries are committed to providing services for persons with disabilities. Since each library sets its own policies and procedures, the services, equipment, and access policies vary among the libraries. Check the Accessibility section of individual library pages to learn more about services.

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Enhanced Access to Collections through HathiTrust Digital Library

Harvard Library is a partner in HathiTrust, a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of 14 million items digitized from libraries around the world. Through this partnership, Harvard Library can provide eligible patrons with print disabilities special access to all digitized in-copyright material in the HathiTrust Digital Library. The following definitions apply to this service:

  • Eligible Patron - an affiliated user at Harvard University who has a print disability for which access to digital copies of library books is a reasonable and appropriate accommodation.
  • Print disability - a disability, such as a visual impairment, learning disability, physical disability, or other disability, that impedes a person's ability to access print in the standard way.

For more information, please contact Harvard Library at or the local disability coordinator for your school.


Harvard University Disability Services

Harvard University Disability Services (UDS) welcomes students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities. UDS Provides leadership to University efforts to ensure an accessible, welcoming working and learning environment for individuals with disabilities while ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations.

UDS serves as a central resource on disability-related information, procedures and services for the University community and provides expertise in the development, implementation, and acquisition of standard disability-related University practices, procedures and resources.