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HKS Library & Knowledge Services has Reopened


We are pleased to announce that HKS Library & Knowledge Services has reopened and currently may be accessed as follows:

  • From the Eliot Street entrance (via Belfer and Littauer). Follow the signs to the HKS Library.
  • From the first floor of Littauer, take the stairs next to L150.
  • Persons with accessibility issues should use the Rubenstein elevator to the ground floor and access the HKS Library through the back offices. This is a temporary. Elevator access to the ground floor of Littauer will be restored later this summer.

Stop by to view our new, more welcoming main desk, some new furniture, and a new soon-to-open study space.

Please direct questions to Leslie Donnell 617 495-8945 or Linda Rosen 617 495-1304.


Library Service Interruption Notice


Due to construction there will be limited access to HKS Library & Knowledge Services from June 1 – July 10.*

The Library will not be physically open for access, but you will still be able to:

  • Check out books from the HKS Library: Please email titles to us at We will notify you by email when your books are available to be checked out. Books can be picked up in the Library staff offices via the back staircase in Littauer or the Rubenstein elevator.
  • Check out books from other Harvard Libraries: Use the Request Item link in HOLLIS+ to pick up at another location. Gutman Library at the School of Education is the closest location.
  • Receive assistance with printed or online course materials: Call for assistance 617-495-1372 or email: The course materials team will be available to assist you from the back of the library accessed from the back staircase in Littauer or the elevator in Rubenstein.


*After May 31st, please return items to another Harvard Library.

New in U.S. Foreign Relations


Visit New in U.S. Foreign Relations to check out books we have recently added to our collection:


Also view New in Voting & ElectionsNew in Criminal Justice, and New in Cybersecurity.


New Ebooks


We are currently featuring new ebooks recently licensed by HKS Library on our New @ HKS Library site:

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Some ebooks can now be checked out for a period of 14 days. You can browse all ebooks licensed by Harvard Library in HOLLIS by limiting the location to Networked Resource.

New in Cybersecurity


Earlier this winter we launched New @HKS Library, which is designed to market some of the latest books and databases available to the HKS community. We have also created New in Voting & ElectionsNew in Criminal Justice, and most recently, New in Cybersecurity, to highlight books and other resources added to the HKS collection on those subjects.

Visit New in Cybersecurity to browse new books and films available online and at HKS Library as well as database recommendations and our Security & Military Studies Research Guide.

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Find Leaders in Specialized Directories


The Library provides access to specialized databases to find contact information for leaders and senior staff in U.S. government, foreign governments and the nonprofit sector:

The Leadership Library contains updated contact information for over 500,000 leaders of 40,000 United States government, business, professional and nonprofit organizations.

National Journal’s Almanac of American Politics contains names, contact information and profiles for members of Congress and White House, Cabinet Department and Federal Executive Agency staff.

LegiStorm Pro contains contact information, salary data and biographical information on U.S Congressional staff. Personal accounts are available that provide access to alerts and some contact downloading. Contact HKS Library for details.

Zotero Workshops Start this Week


Do your New Year’s resolutions include getting organized and saving time? Start using Zotero:

Be Organized, Save Time, Collaborate, It's FreeOur hands-on Zotero workshops begin this week and continue throughout the semester. See our Workshop Schedule. As noted, please RSVP to attend.

If you are unable to attend a workshop, contact us to schedule an individual appointment to get started and consult our Zotero: Getting Started guide. Also, if you have questions about using Zotero, stop by or contact us for assistance. Your questions are always welcome! Research assistance is available Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Please welcome Christina Sirois, new Manager of Digital Collections and Content


Please join the Library in welcoming Christina Sirois to HKS as the Library’s Manager of Digital Collections and Content. In this role, Christina will manage digital content activities and initiatives including the Course Materials team and process.


Christina comes to HKS from the Brattle Group, an international economics consulting firm, where she managed all facets of information resources and services as Manager of Information and Library Services.

Christina is looking forward to working and collaborating with faculty, staff and students across HKS. Please feel free to reach out to Christina to ask her questions related to digital content, course materials and taxonomy or to discuss any digital content projects or initiatives of interest to you and your department.

Country and City Research Databases


Are you traveling abroad for the holidays or during J-Term? Are you visiting a new city in the US for an internship or to conduct research for your PAE?

Take advantage of the Harvard Library databases listed below to generate country profiles or to look up recent news stories and events in local newspapers. Also visit an “Ivy League Plus” University in-person to borrow books through the Borrow Direct Plus On Site Borrowing Program.

News Databases

LexisNexis Academic provides access to thousands of newspapers from around the world. Select the browse link to filter by publication: news and to select specific countries or regions.

Factiva provides access to newspapers that can be browsed by country or region. To browse recent issues of popular publication by geographic region or country, select News Pages at the top of the screen, Factiva Pages, and then change the default search, United States to a different country or geographic region in the drop down menu.

Emerging Markets Information Service EMIS (formerly ISI Emerging Markets) provides current company information and business news from more than 500 sources for emerging markets in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East-North Africa.

Regional Business News provides comprehensive full text for regional business publications. This database has full text for more than 50 sources. News wire services cover a number of difference geographic regions. Also, includes local city business newspapers in the United States and Canada.

HKS Library News & Media Research Guide lists regional newspapers databases by continent, geographic region and country.

Country Profile Databases

Economist Intelligence Unit provides country profiles and data. The information includes descriptions of the politics, economy, risk, regulation, and business environment, of a country.

Europa World: The Europa World Year Book Online provides information on countries and territories as well as profiles of international organizations

Oxford Business Group Country Reports are in-depth reports for 39 developing nations and sectors. Includes reports by country and industry. Click on news and views tab to search for economic updates by country.

Political Handbook of the World provides basic country-by-country data (e.g., population, languages) as well as detailed information about political history, politics, social movements, economics, and current issues.

Statesman’s Yearbook Online provides information on country officials, history, basic statistics and profiles of important cities. It also includes profiles of international organizations.

New in Criminal Justice @HKS Library


Last month we launched New @HKS Library, a site designed to present some of the latest books and databases added to our collection. We created New in Voting & Elections to highlight books and other resources added to the HKS collection on those subjects.

We have now added New in Criminal Justice to this site. Visit this page to browse 15 books about policing and criminal justice added to the HKS collection this year as well as other top databases for locating criminal justice research, data and more.


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