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Thank you for your inquiry regarding access to Countway as an alumnus/a.

Graduates of the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health and the Division of Medical Sciences may apply for borrowing privileges by submitting a completed Special Borrower Card Application form. The completed form should brought in person to the Countway Circulation & Privileges desk along with the $15 application fee ($5 for renewals) where a photo will be taken.

Alumni Special Borrower Cards are generally available for pickup about a week after the application is submitted to the Circulation & Privileges desk. In accordance with University policy, these cards cannot be mailed and must be picked up in person within the next 30 days. Cardholders will be informed by email when their cards are available.

Access to Countway using these cards is limited to non-commercial academic or clinical research. Cardholders assume full responsibility for any and all fines, fees, and other liabilities that may be incurred through the use or misuse of the privileges granted, including charges for books lost or not returned when due or recalled by the library. Privileges are non-transferable. Misuse of alumni privileges or violation of any of these conditions will result in the revocation of borrowing privileges.

*Please note: This card does not give electronic resource access. To find out more about alumni e-resource access, please visit this page:

If you have any further questions, please call us at (617) 432-2136 or send an email to

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