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Libraries to unveil new online HOLLIS catalog

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This summer, when Harvard rolls out the new and improved online HOLLIS catalog, library patrons – faculty, students, staff, and other researchers – will benefit from a number of new features. The entirely Web-based catalog has a new format and design, offering users a variety of new and more functional features, while giving users more control over their library transactions. Access to the HOLLIS catalog will be via the Harvard Libraries portal (, which contains general information about the libraries, such as hours of operation and locations.

Using the new HOLLIS catalog and a University PIN (which may be requested at, users can interact with the library electronically from their dorm, home, or office. With the catalog, users will be able to renew, hold, or recall items; renew books from multiple libraries at the same time; view a list of items checked out; and check fines.

Search features have also been refined and expanded. In the new HOLLIS, searches can be limited to an individual library or a user-selected group of libraries, or limited to journals, reserves, or e-resources. The new HOLLIS also offers onscreen lists of languages, formats, and library names with which to refine a search, so there is no need to look elsewhere for limit codes. In addition, searches using part of a word to find all forms of the word are now more flexible.

With the refined system, users can also check the status and location of Harvard reserve books without searching a separate database. Users will be able to return to previous searches and modify, combine, or review them.

For more information, or questions regarding the new HOLLIS online catalog, e-mail