Answered By: Kristen Koob
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2018     Views: 63

Books On Reserve are available at the Main Desk

Course staff can place 1 copy per 50 students of any required book on reserve at the Main Desk of the HKS Library. Optional/recommended readings are not placed on reserve.

Books on reserve are available for a 3-hour loan or overnight if checkout is within 3 hours of the library closing. Books checked out overnight must be returned within 1/2 hour of the HKS Library opening the following day. You may not request reserve books online. The HKS Library Borrowing Policies provide additional information on our circulation policies.

Borrow other books available at Harvard's libraries

There are two ways to borrow physical books​ available at Harvard's libraries:

Search HOLLIS to see if there is a physical copy available on campus and get it from the shelf. Maps and guides to library stacks are available at each library.

In HOLLIS, request to pick up the item from the library of your choice. Book pick up requests are filled in 1 to 4 business days. Look for the "Pick Up" link in HOLLIS to submit your request.

Please note: Another Harvard affiliate may request a book you have checked out. If this happens, you will receive an email asking you to return the book.

Borrow books from non-Harvard libraries

If the book you need is not available at Harvard, check BorrowDirect to borrow from partner institutions. Requests are fulfilled in about 4 business days. Loans are for 16 weeks and renewals are not allowed.


If an ebook is available for a course reading, you will typically find it on the course's Canvas site. You can search any book title in HOLLIS and limit to Online to see if Harvard Library has an online version of the book. Make sure you are signed in to HOLLIS to see everything that is available.

We license ebooks from a number of different companies. Some can be downloaded, while others must be read online. If you need help finding or accessing an ebook, please don't hesitate to ask us for help.

Try out downloading these ebooks to get started:

Leadership without Easy Answers by Ronald Heifetz

- You do not need an account to download this ebook.


Hard Times: Leadership in America by Barbara Kellerman

- You need an EBSCOhost account to download this ebook. Follow the prompts to create an account if it's your first time downloading this type of EBSCOhost ebook.

Articles for class

Assigned articles are available via your course's Canvas site. Syllabus If you find a broken link to an article or have any other difficulties accessing the article, notify your course staff. HKS Research Librarians can also help you with access issues. Find us by the "Research Help" sign at the Main Desk of the library, call us at (617) 495-1302, or email



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