The Frances Loeb Library is a preeminent global design resource that provides the Graduate School of Design and the larger Harvard University with a robust platform for design research, teaching, and learning. It is the GSD’s primary portal for information access, knowledge building, archival storage, retrieval, and acquisition. The Library supports and enhances the educational programs, curriculum development, and research programs of the GSD.

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Since its opening in Gund Hall more than 40 years ago, the Library’s uses and spatial configurations have evolved to match the changing needs and desires of the GSD’s academic mission and programs. As the traditional boundaries around classroom and studio spaces become increasingly permeable, the Library fills a more crucial role as a place of overlapping, collaborative learning.

Library staff collaborate with staff across the GSD, including Exhibitions, to curate library displays and to amplify some of the School’s larger exhibitions. This reinforces visual relationships and content affinities with the GSD’s entire expository platform. This extends to sales of scholarly output and relevant print publications.

Library staff participate with faculty and students in conducting interdisciplinary research, building targeted collections, and shaping design pedagogy in a variety of learning environments, including Ed-X and other emerging on-line venues.

Explore Our Collections

General Collections
The Frances Loeb Library holds over 270,000 volumes, and maintains subscriptions to about 900 periodicals. Comprehensive coverage is provided for all levels of technology and research in the design fields. The library is particularly strong in its coverage of twentieth-century architecture, city and regional planning, American domestic architecture and nineteenth-century U.S. park and cemetery design. 

Special Collections
Special Collections on the library's lower level holds research and primary resource materials. Concentrated in this modest physical area are thousands of rare books and scores of drawings, plans, manuscripts, and photographs.

Visual Collections
The Visual Collections contain non-print materials for the Frances Loeb Library that support the curricula of the Graduate School of Design, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design.

Materials Collection
The GSD Materials Collection is a collection of over 800 materials ranging from innovative, new materials to those found everyday in the constructed environment.

Faculty Publications

Browse 2016 Faculty Publications.