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Changes in Access and Borrowing at Andover–Harvard Theological Library

On September 1, the Harvard Divinity School's Andover–Harvard Theological Library (AHTL) installed turnstiles at the library entrance to provide greater security for library patrons and staff as well as collections and equipment. The new turnstiles accept both Harvard IDs and Widener Special Borrower cards. Due to limitations in the turnstile gates, members of the Harvard Medical School will need to register their cards at the library for their first visit.

Other visitors will need to present a photo ID and sign in when they are admitted by the AHTL circulation staff. Regular visitors to AHTL now have the option of applying for a long-term access card. This card, available for a one-time fee of $10, is valid for one year and is renewable. Applications are available at the circulation desk from Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm (except University holidays).

Changes to AHTL borrowing policies also took effect September 1. While no changes have been made with regard to borrowers from Harvard or the Boston Theological Institute (BTI), Special Borrower status may be available for non-Harvard, non-BTI researchers, such as Cambridge-area clergy, who apply at the circulation desk.

Visit or, or contact AHTL Librarian Laura Wood at 5-2802 or, for more details.

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