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This survey was distributed by Harvard Library to graduate students in December 2020. It included survey questions related to accessing materials during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.


  • Amy Deschenes
  • Song Ha Kim


  • What have graduate students done during the pandemic if they haven’t been able to access the physical materials from Harvard that they need for their research and classes?
  • Are Harvard graduate students aware that the libraries and archives are able to scan special collections & archival materials for them?
    • What barriers prevent students from requesting scans from the libraries?
    • What would make it easier for students to request a scan?


Qualtrics survey included these questions from the libraries for graduate students in December 2020. 350+ graduate students completed the survey.


Graduate students will be recruited from all Harvard schools by staff members of the Virtual Teaching & Learning Task Force. Staff members shared the link to the survey via school-specific social media, intranet posts, and email distribution lists.


View supporting documents (HarvardKey required).

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