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, post-graduate researchers, and visitors with legitimate reasons to consult our collections.
All bags, briefcases, and packs must be deposited in the lockers provided for this purpose at the entrance of the library, and all outerwear must be hung in the adjacent closet. Only very small purses or clear plastic bags are permitted within the library. Read more about Responsibilities of Patrons
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. Read more about In-Library Consultation and Loan Policies
Current I Tatti appointees and other Harvard faculty, students and staff with an active Harvard University ID (HUID) may request materials that are not owned by the Berenson Library either through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) or the Scan & Deliver service. Procedures for each differ.
Anyone currently registered as a Berenson Library reader may consult materials from the library’s special collections (see admittance policy). Special Collections include rare books, photographs and photo albums, archival collections, early auction catalogs, microforms, maps, CD-ROMS, and DVDs. These items may be consulted only in the Ahmanson Reading Room for Special Collections and during opening hours (Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.). Read more about Special Collections - Policies and Guidelines