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The Berenson Library will re-open to readers on July 1, 2021, by reservation only. We will offer 30 spaces from 9:00 to 13:00, and 30 from 14:00 to 18:00, Monday through Friday. Note that the library will be closed to the public during the month of August, and plans to reopen on September 1.

In order to use the reservation system, you must be registered and approved as a library reader. If you are already registered, reserve your slot here. Not yet registered as a library reader? Please read the admittance policy and fill out and submit the form below. If approved, you will receive a link to the reservation site by email.

You are welcome to reserve a place up to one hour before the next time slot starts. If you must cancel your reservation, please do so at least 24 hours in advance.

In accordance with current health directives, readers must wear a facemask within the library at all times and observe established norms for social distancing and personal hygiene.

The library will review access practices and policies regularly and may revise them at any time.

Once registered as a library reader, patrons who wish to use the library’s special collections (rare books, historical and photograph archives) should make an appointment to consult specific materials directly through the HOLLIS Special Request system by using the link from the item in the HOLLIS catalog Only two readers at a time may use the Special Collections Reading Room. We will contact you to make alternative arrangements if the schedule has already filled up.





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. 

Exceptions for students or others may be made only on written request to the Director of the Library. In these special cases admittance will be granted for a maximum of two months or ten visits. 

Researchers unaffiliated with I Tatti or who do not hold a valid Harvard University ID should present a letter of introduction or, in the case of university faculty members, current university identification. Registration as a reader also requires a government-issued ID. All patrons, including current I Tatti appointees, must obtain a Berenson Library reader's card.

In order to maintain the library as a place of quiet study, tours of groups or individuals are not permitted. Visits of groups for educational purposes, however, may be arranged on written request.

The following users do NOT need to fill out this form:

  • Current and Former I Tatti Appointees
  • Previously registered readers
You must present the same document to obtain your reader's card.

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You will receive an email confirming your request once you have been approved.