Announcing New @HKS Library


You can now visit our New @HKS Library site to view some of the latest books and databases added to our collection. We will also be adding subject-based tabs. Check out our first of this kind, New in Voting & Elections, which highlights books and other resources added to the HKS collection on these subjects in 2016.




Political Button Exhibition now Open


Display of political buttons in the HKS library. Five display boxes contain political buttons on different themes. A bright poster in the shape of a political button hangs over the exhibit. The title reads, "Pinning your Hopes."

A selection of buttons from the Steven M. Rothstein  Political Buttons Collection is now on view in the Harvard Kennedy School Library. Located to the left of the circulation desk, the exhibition of buttons highlights female candidates, social justice causes and movements, and catty campaigns. Though the exhibit shows a fraction of the buttons in the collection, students and researchers interested in exploring the entire collection can find digital images of more than 1500 buttons in VIA.  The exhibit will be on view until November 10th.

Pinning Your Hopes: Political Button Exhibition & Reception 11/2 at 4:30


Pinning your Hopes: The Steven M. Rothstein Political Buttons Collection at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Library. The exhibit highlights selections from our recently digitized collection of political pins donated by Steven M. Rothstein. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the collection and light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, November 2nd from 4:30-6:00

HKS Library, Ground Floor Littauer, 79 JFK St.


About the Collection: In 2012, Steven M. Rothstein generously donated his personal collection of over 1,500 campaign buttons to the Harvard Kennedy School Library & Knowledge Services. This rich collection represents state, local and national U.S. political campaigns from Calvin Coolidge to Barack Obama as well as important ballot initiatives and social issues. In 2015 the library received a grant to digitize the collection from the Arcadia foundation as part of the Harvard Library’s Open Your Hidden Collections project. The entire collection is now accessible to classrooms and researchers through VIA.  Mr. Rothstein, an accomplished nonprofit administrator and leader, led Citizen Schools and the Perkins School for the Blind before becoming the Executive Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

Open Access Week 10/24-10/30


Libraries across the globe are celebrating Open Access (OA) Week, from October 24-October 30.

What is open access? It is a movement to make scholarship free and open for public use and consumption without digital restrictions. SPARC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting open access scholarship, has an excellent website that discusses open access and highlights new open access projects including open education resources (OERs) and open data.

Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, adopted an Open Access Policy in 2008. The Harvard Kennedy School followed suit with its own adoption of the HKS Open Access Policy in 2009. Harvard’s Office of Scholarly Communications (OSC) maintains Harvard’s online digital repository for scholarship, DASH. The OSC administers the HOPE Fund, which provides limited funding to Harvard affiliated authors who publish in qualifying open access journals.  Visit DASH to view open access scholarship that has been authored by Harvard faculty, staff and students including the HKS Faculty Scholarship Series.

If you have questions about the HKS Open Access Policy, contact the HKS Library Liasion for the Office of Scholarly Communication, Senior Research & Knowledge Services Librarian, Valerie Weis.

Some additional OA sites and resources are listed below:

Open Access Week, Harvard Office of Scholarly Communication

Peter Suber’s MIT Press 2012 book, Open Access and 2016 book, Knowledge Unbound: Selected Writings on Open Access, 2002-2011 (Open access versions are linked from the MIT Press site). Peter Suber is the Director of Office of Scholarly Communications at Harvard.

Directory of Open Access Journals

Directory of Open Access Books

Open Textbook Library

Open Syllabus Project

Creative Commons License: Different license options for designating works authored by you as open access

HKS Library Guide, Beyond Harvard: Lists a number of open access resources in the Scholarly Articles and More section.



Charge Your Phone at the Main Desk of the Library!


The free phone charging station has been moved from HKS Library Commons to the Main Desk. Staff member Phil Satterfield is pictured here next to the station capable of charging a variety of devices.

Other cell phone charging stations at HKS are located in The Study and on the third floor of Littauer.

Did you know that HKS Library also has a number of phone and laptop chargers that you can check out?

Phone Charging Station at Main Desk

Window Installation is Complete! More Study Space is Now Available!


We are happy to announce that installation of the new windows is complete, and our entire library is now open for use.

Thank you for your patience during this project.

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See all HKS Library hours.

Stay Up-to-Date with News & Recent Scholarship Using Library Databases


Monitor Academic Blogs with ACI Scholarly Blog Index

The ACI Scholarly Blog Index is a curated collection of abstracts of scholarly blogs as well as social media. It is compiled by researchers and librarians and is intended as a current awareness, research and reference database for the academic community. Search by name using “exact quotes” or search by keyword or institution, and then sort your results by relevance, date and/or popularity. You can also narrow your results to the postings with the most comments, by author, by author degree and by affiliated institutions.


Browse the Latest Issue of Scholarly Journals and Stay Up-to-Date on New Scholarship with BrowZine

BrowZine is both a web and a mobile application that allows users to browse, read, and monitor some open access journals and subscription-based journals licensed by the Harvard Library. You can download the BrowZine mobile app for free from your device store. If prompted, select the Harvard Library as your library and enter your Harvard Key. Create your own BrowZine account to enable the My Bookshelf feature which will allow you to curate your own collection of journals to read. See our Fast Answers about BrowZine.


Browse the Last Two Weeks of Popular Newspapers Using Factiva

Did you know that you can browse the last two weeks’ issues of popular newspapers in Factiva? Go to Factiva and select the “News Pages” Tab at the top of the screen. This defaults to popular U.S. newspaper titles including The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post. Change the default setting from United States to another country, region or to a specific industry using the dropdown menu on the left.

Factiva News Pages


Have questions or want to learn more? ASK US! – We’re here Monday-Friday, 9-5. Email:


Check Out Our New Career Collection


Come by the Library to check out our new Career Collection!Career_Books

Created in collaboration with OCA, all books in this collection are available to borrow and are located next to the New Books near the Main Desk.

Titles include:

501+ Great Interview Questions for Employers and the Best Answers for Prospective Employees

Women and public service: barriers, challenges, and opportunities

Down Range: a transitioning veteran’s career guide to life’s next phase


For ebooks and other job resources see Library Resources for Your Job Search.




Visit a Borrow Direct Library this Summer


Borrow Direct is a resource sharing partnership which currently consists of 13 academic institutions. If a book you are looking for is currently not available at Harvard but is available at one of these institutions, you may use this service to request that the book be delivered to the HKS Library, where you may check it out for six weeks. Harvard has participated in Borrow Direct since June 2011.

You may now also visit these libraries and check out materials currently available via Borrow Direct through the new Borrow Direct Plus On-Site Borrowing program. Each institution maintains its own policies, which you may review via the program’s site. So whether your summer travels take you to New Haven and you would like to visit a Yale University Library, Stanford (the latest institution to join), or near any of the other participating institutions, remember that you can now take advantage of Borrow Direct Plus On-Site Borrowing.

Visiting HKS? Affiliates of  Borrow Direct libraries are welcome to visit and use the HKS Library collections. Please review our policies.



OneSource Global Business Browser is now available at HKS Library


We are happy to announce that OneSource Global Business Browser, which includes a broad range of public and private company and industry information worldwide, is now available on HKS Library PCs via this link. Use it to create a list of companies by industry, location and/or size.

Other resources that allow you to create this type of list include:

  • Plunkett Research, which provides access to industry and company information, including public and private companies. It also provides market research and industry trends, industry statistics, company profiles, and downloadable tables. HKS alumni can access Plunkett Research via this link uniquely for HKS alumni.
  • Orbis, which is a global company database unique in its breadth of geographies and extent of company coverage, including private company financial information.
  • Lexis/Nexis Company Dossier, which provides tools to create lists of companies, executives and to locate industry information via its Get Company Info section.
The Harvard Library has also recently purchased a historical dataset on U.S. companies called Infogroup Historical Business Backfile, 1997-2014.
If you have questions about these or other resources, please Ask Us.
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