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Wolbach Library

The Wolbach Library focuses on both the future and legacy of astronomical research. One of the world’s preeminent astronomical libraries, the Wolbach is also home to Harvard's Astronomical Photographic Glass Plate Collection.

Welcome to Wolbach Library

The Wolbach Library closed permanently on March 22, 2024. For library assistance, please email Project PHaEDRA will continue under the Harvard Plate Stacks and Smithsonian Transcription Center.

Wolbach Library provides sources that respond to, and anticipate, challenges that impact astronomy community.

Highlights include:

  • Expert Research Support
  • Borrow Telescopes & Devices
  • Astronomical Glass Plates
  • Technical Training Events

Explore the Wolbach Library



Year-round 24-hour access to the Library is available to ID holders. Visitors can enter the building from 9-5, Mon-Fri excluding holidays.

Full Access Policy


Unique and Rare Materials

The Wolbach's Special Collections include both archival materials and other specially curated content.


What is happening at Wolbach?

Wolbach hosts technical training and professional development events.


Get Support

Wolbach staff provide resources to support all researchers working to advance our understanding how the Universe works.