Curricular and Research Support

Group Instruction

Research librarians work with faculty to develop demonstrations for students of subject-specific library resources. The faculty member chooses whether we meet with students during class time, at section meetings, or at another time. We are frequently asked to demonstrate online and print resources for the study of the Bible, church history, ethics, gender, and patristics, but we can accommodate any request that supports the curriculum at Harvard Divinity School.

We offer one-on-one orientations to Harvard's extensive and ever-growing library resources for faculty and their assistants (TAs, RAs, staff, etc.). We would like to meet with you in your office for a brief consultation about new online tools and e-resources in your field. Please send your TFs and RAs to us before they embark on course- or research-related work. We can save them time. Please also refer your students to us. Students look to faculty for advice about leveraging library resources and are frequently unaware of how librarians can help. Your referrals will help students take full advantage of the Harvard University Library.

Please contact the research services staff for more information, by phone at 617.496.AHTL (2485) or by email to research@hds.harvard.edu.

Teaching with Special Collections

Harvard’s archives and special collections offer a unique teaching and learning opportunity for faculty and students. The hands-on discovery of early printed editions, handwritten letters and diaries, historical pamphlets and ephemera, early modern traveler's reports, church records, and photographs creates a powerful experience that can inspire students' work and lead to a nuanced view of history and its interpretation.

At Andover-Harvard, research librarians, working with the library's special collections curators, are available to engage with faculty to tailor sessions to meet the learning goals of their course, to offer instruction on the material during a visit, and to provide ongoing support to students for course assignments. An overview of Andover-Harvard's collection is available in the Collections section of our website, but we encourage faculty to consult with us about available material.

Research Consultations

Use our Ask a Research Librarian page to search frequently asked questions by keywords or to ask us a new question. If you would rather use email, send it to ask@hds.harvard.libanswers.com. If you have a complex question or need to send us an attachment, you can also email us at research@hds.harvard.edu.

Text us at 617.858.6187.

Call us at 617.496.AHTL (2485) or visit the reference desk to ask a quick question or make an appointment for in-depth research advice in your office. Hours (during term time, except University holidays) are:

  • Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am-9 pm
  • Friday, 8:30 am-6 pm