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Web-based catalog offers new features, benefits to students, faculty, staff

This summer, when Harvard rolls out the new and improved online HOLLIS catalog, library patrons—faculty, students, staff, and other researchers—will benefit from a number of new features. The catalog is entirely web-based; has a new format and design; offers users a variety of new and more functional features; and gives users more control over their library transactions. Access to the HOLLIS catalog will be via the Harvard Libraries site (, which contains general information about the libraries, such as hours of operation and locations.

Using the new HOLLIS catalog and a University PIN (request online at, users can interact with the library electronically from dorm, home, or office to:

  • renew, hold, or recall items;
  • renew books from multiple libraries at the same time;
  • view a list of items checked out;
  • check fines online.

Search features have also been refined and expanded. In the new HOLLIS:

  • Searches can be limited to an individual library or a user-selected group of libraries.
  • Searches can also be limited to journals, reserves, or E-resources.
  • The new HOLLIS offers onscreen lists of languages, formats, and library names with which to refine a search. There is no need to look elsewhere for limit codes.
  • Searches using part of a word to find all forms of the word are now more flexible.
  • Users can see the status and location of Harvard reserve books without searching a separate database.
  • Users can return to previous searches and modify, combine, or review them.

Questions regarding the new HOLLIS online catalog can be emailed to

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