Policies and Procedures


The Berenson Library is a research facility whose primary mission is to support the research needs of current appointees of the Harvard Center and, secondarily, those of former I Tatti appointees and the Harvard University community. The library also welcomes other qualified scholars holding at least the Master’s degree or its equivalent, who may apply for a reader's card valid for one year and renewable without limit. Exceptions for students or others may be made only on written request to the Director of the library.

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Responsibilities of Patrons

Bags and Backpacks: All bags, briefcases, and packs must be deposited in the lockers provided for this purpose at the entrance of the library. Only very small purses or clear plastic bags are permitted within the library.

Quiet Study: Help maintain an environment of quiet study throughout the Library by keeping conversations essential, brief, and quiet. The Granaio Commons Room may be used for lengthy conversation. Music players should be used with headphones set at low volume so as not to disturb others.

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Wireless network

I Tatti offers free Wi-Fi throughout its buildings and in parts of the garden. The wireless network will appear as VITGUEST on your device. To navigate the internet on the wifi network patrons must obtain a personal code (password) at the self-checkout machine located in the vestibule outside the Reference Room of the library; if the self-checkout system is temporarily unavailable, a code may be requested at the library Reception desk. The code is valid for varying periods of time depending on one's reader status. Each of your devices (laptop, mobile phone, tablet) requires a different personal code. 

In-Library Consultation and Loan Policies

Library materials of all kinds must be consulted only onsite and are never to be removed from the main complex of the library, studies or reading areas, and Villa. The library administration will make no exceptions to this rule and patrons found to have violated it may have their privileges suspended. Onsite, certain materials may be reserved and held or checked out for consultation for varying lengths of time.

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Interlibrary Loan and Scan & Deliver (Harvard ID Holders Only)

Current I Tatti appointees and other Harvard affiliates with an active HUID may request materials that are not owned by the Berenson Library either through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) or the Scan & Deliver service.

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Reproduction of Library materials

Print Materials: Scanning of most library materials is permitted, subject to current fees and within guidelines aimed at protecting materials from damage and at conforming to copyright law.

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