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About the library
The Rowland Institute at Harvard Library is open to members of the Rowland Institute and their affiliates. The library collects books, journals and media relevant to the specific interests of the Rowland fellows and their research groups, including, but not limited to, nanoscale physics observed with scanning tunneling microscopy; single molecule biophysics; ion trap mass spectrometry (clusters and biomolecules), organic chemistry (novel fluorescent probes), bacterial motility and behavior.

For new members
Welcome to the Rowland Institute Library. Contact Garrett Eastman (x2609; eastman@rowland.harvard.edu) for a tour and information about the Rowland Library. You can register using the form available here.

Harvard ID and PIN
Rowland members have access to Harvard Library resources through the HOLLIS portal at http://lib.harvard.edu

A Harvard ID and PIN number are necessary to access Harvard libraries' online resources from your computer. From the library computers, you can access online resources without a PIN.

Our book collection is organized by Library of Congress (LC) subject classification, the same system used in most university libraries. The first row of book stacks is our Reference collection. The regular circulating collection is shelved in the next three rows. The labels on the end of each row indicate what subject areas can be found there. You will need the LC call number from our library catalog to locate a book on the shelf. Call numbers start with one or two letters, followed by a string of numbers. The LC call number, found on the spine of each book, determines where it is shelved in relation to other books in the collection. (See also "Library Catalog" and "Checking Out Books and Other Materials.")

We have four special book collections shelved in special locations:

  1. Books on lab safety, hazardous materials handling and MSDS sheets on chemicals are shelved in the Library Office near the bulletin board.

  2. The Oxford English Dictionary is shelved on the table near the card catalog.

  3. Scientific American Library, overviews of various scientific fields, or topics written for the non-expert or general reader, is shelved on a book cart next to the card catalog. (this series ceased in 2000.)

  4. Thomas Register, a directory of manufactured products and suppliers, is shelved on a bookshelf next to the first Current Journals rack.

When a new book is received, it is put on the New Books Cart for one week. The New Books Cart is near the windows and the new journal display shelves. A new book may be borrowed from the cart only by the person who requested it. After a week, it is shelved in the regular book stacks and is available to all. A list of new books, new journal subscriptions, and other items is compiled and distributed by email to Library users each week. The new books list is also posted on the Library web page ( http://www.rowland.harvard.edu/ resources/library/index.php), on the first floor bulletin board near the mailboxes, and in a binder on top of the card catalog.

Members may request the library to ( http://www.rowland.harvard.edu/internal/libforms/book_req.php) purchase a book or to borrow a book via interlibrary loan.

The Library subscribes to about 40 journals, and has short runs of an additional 200 titles. JOURNALS, bound or unbound, DO NOT CIRCULATE. A list of the journals is on the Library home page and on the Library Macintosh computer. A paper copy of the journals list is kept on the table beside the copier and on top of the card catalog. You can also identify journals we own in ROWLINE, our library catalog ( http://library-public.rowland.org).

When new journal issues are received, they are placed on the round glass table for one day. This week's collection of new journal issues are displayed on the wood shelves near the windows. After one week, they are shelved alphabetically by title in the white Current Journal racks until they are bound at the end of the year. (Journals published in two large volumes/year are bound twice a year.)

Please return an unbound journal to the table or rack where you found it. Other users expect to find today's, this week's, and this year's journals in certain places. Please carefully reshelve bound journals after you are finished using them.

A list of publications by Members of the Institute and a copy of each reprint are on the bookshelf near the journal display tables. You may photocopy these papers, but please do not remove them from the Library. If you have a new paper published, please provide the Librarian with two copies to add to the Library?s collection. A database of Rowland Member publication citations is available on the Library Macintosh.

Please inform the Librarian when you have a paper being published. A note will be placed on the cover of the journal when it arrives, so your colleagues will know to look for it.

Copies of Dr. Land's publications, essays, and lectures are kept on the table next to the Oxford English Dictionary, near the Library office.

Local, national, and world maps are available on the Maps Table, near the Library Macintosh. Copies of local university campus maps are available in the red folder for you to take with you. Do not remove any maps (except campus map copies), atlases, or travel guides from the Library.

Videotapes are shelved in the video station in the corner of the Library near the large work tables and newspaper shelves. This collection includes tapes of Member presentations at the Annual Scientific Review and the Rowland Seminar Series. The video station also has a slide viewer and videotape viewing equipment.

Videotapes commemorating and celebrating the life and work of Dr. Land are shelved on the table with Dr. Land's publications (see above).


Journals, magazines, and newspapers may not be removed from the Library.

Please remember to sign the check-out card and leave it in the Library. The Rowland Library depends on your cooperation and consideration. Please respect the Library and honor your responsibility to your fellow Institute Members.

To borrow a book or other item, please write your full name and date on the check-out card in the pocket at the back of each book or item you wish to borrow. Leave the card in the right hand side of the check-out card box on the circulation desk outside the Library Office. Return all items to the book well in the circulation desk under the sign "Return Books Here.?

Items with white check-out cards can be kept as long as needed. Please return unneeded items promptly so that others may use them.

Reference books are shelved in the first row behind the bulletin board with book jackets on it. Reference books have pink check-out cards and circulate for 24 hours.

Books on lab safety and hazardous materials handling are shelved in the Library Office near the bulletin board. These books may be borrowed for one hour only. Duplicate copies of some of these books are available in the circulating collection, or can be purchased, on request. See the safety page for resources available through Harvard.

Core books, such as annual reviews, have blue check-out cards. These books may be of wider interest and circulate for a week.

Books and journal articles unavailable at Rowland can be obtained through Interlibrary Loan from Harvard libraries and other sources. Please provide the Librarian with as much information as possible about the publication required, including article title, if possible. A form is available on the web at: http://www.rowland.harvard.edu/internal/libforms/art_req.php.

Interlibrary loans from libraries outside of Harvard may take one to three weeks for processing. There are document suppliers that can respond with hours or days (for a price); please inform the Librarian of the urgency of your request.