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A faculty member may borrow directly from most Harvard libraries or may authorize a research or faculty assistant to serve as a proxy borrower. These individuals may borrow library materials on behalf of faculty members. Individuals wishing to obtain a Research Assistant Borrowing Card should complete an application form (pdf), have it signed by the faculty member for whom they are working, and take it to the Library Access & Borrowing Office at Widener Library, Room 130, 617- 495-4166. There is a $5.00 service fee charged for each card issued.

The Harvard Library Access & Borrowing Office will issue a card bearing the faculty member’s identification number and the names of both the faculty member and the research or faculty assistant. The faculty member is responsible for all materials the proxy borrows from Harvard libraries on their behalf. All materials checked out in the faculty member’s name can be viewed and renewed in the My Account section of the HOLLIS catalog. Copies of the Application for Research Assistant Library Borrower’s Card are also available at the Law Library Circulation Desk.