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Thank you for your inquiry regarding access to Countway Library resources as a research assistant.

Research assistants engaged in non-commercial research activities under the immediate supervision and direction of an HMS, HSDM or HSPH faculty member or a BML fellow may apply for borrowing privileges by submitting a completed Special Borrower Card Application form. This form must be completed and signed by both the faculty member and research assistant, and brought in person to the Countway Circulation & Privileges desk along with the $15 application fee ($5 for renewals) where a photo of the research assistant will be taken.

Research assistants to HMS, HSDM, and HSPH faculty are eligible for remote access to electronic resources and borrowing privileges.

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.

Research assistant cards are only to be used for non-commercial academic or clinical research as assigned and overseen by the sponsoring faculty member. Sponsoring faculty members assume full responsibility for any and all fines, fees, and other liabilities that may be incurred through the use or misuse of privileges granted to their research assistants, including charges for books lost or not returned when due or recalled by the library. All correspondence related to library use by research assistants will be sent to the sponsoring faculty member, who has sole responsibility for communicating any relevant information to their research assistant proxy. Research assistant privileges are non-transferable. Misuse of research assistant privileges or violation of any of these conditions will result in the revocation of borrowing privileges and termination of remote access to electronic resources.

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

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