Using the Reading Room

Revitalizing the Houghton Library Reading Room is a significant part of the Houghton Library renovation. The Reading Room will be closed for the duration of the renovation, and we will open a temporary reading room in Widener Library so we can continue to provide research opportunities to the public. The reading room in Houghton will close at 4PM on Friday, August 9th. Starting Monday, August 26, the interim reading room in Widener Library will be open during the following hours:

Monday, Friday 9AM – 5PM
Tuesday – Thursday 9AM – 7PM
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED

We will endeavor to provide the same reference assistance as we always have, but renovations may mean that certain collections materials are unavailable for periods of time. If we know ahead of time that a collection or call number range is briefly closed, it will be listed on the Closed Collections Schedule. However, some of our collections may be unexpectedly rendered inaccessible due to the unpredictable nature of construction. In these rare cases we may not be able to give advance notice of their unavailability.

Due to limited accessibility to our stacks space we have revised our circulation policies in the following ways:

  • Requests for material must be placed at least two business days in advance of the scheduled date by 4PM.
  • No more than six boxes or volumes per day may be requested.
  • Due to the renovation, we regret that we may be unable to provide access to some oversize collection material.

Patrons can check if their request is available for use by logging into their HOLLIS Special Request Account

If there are any questions or concerns regarding reading room access, please contact Houghton Public Services staff.