Exhibitions & Loans


Houghton exhibition in 1942We are excited to unveil our new and enhanced galleries, and inaugural exhibitions after we reopen in Fall 2020. In the meantime, you can still enjoy Houghton exhibitions in the Theodore Roosevelt Gallery located in neighboring Lamont Library. Currently on view, Quentin Roosevelt and the Great War: A President's Son in Life and Death

Friday public tours and visits to the Emily Dickinson and John Keats rooms are suspended through Fall 2020.

Loan Moratorium

As we focus on renovating Houghton Library, we are imposing a moratorium on exhibition loans from April 2019 through December 2020. We will honor any loans that have already been approved for this time period; we will also consider loan requests for exhibitions opening in or after January 2021, but it may take longer than usual to respond.

Please bear in mind that due to our conservation assessment process for all outgoing loans, we ask to receive on-campus requests six months in advance of exhibition openings, and external requests twelve months ahead of opening. We appreciate your understanding of our need for a temporary loan moratorium. We look forward to January 2021 when we can resume our partnerships with institutions at Harvard and beyond.

If you would like to submit a request to borrow from Houghton for 2021 or later, please complete this form. If you have any other questions, contact Houghton Library’s Registrar, Carie McGinnis.