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Harvard Depository

Harvard Depository
Harvard Depository

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Harvard Depository
Affiliated Library
Harvard University
Harvard University
DescriptionThe Harvard Depository is Harvard University Library's archival media storage and retrieval facility. The climate-controlled Depository is a critical resource for students, faculty, staff, and researchers across the University. The off-campus facility provides a strictly regulated media preservation environment, precise inventory-tracking controls, efficient online retrieval ordering, and dependable overnight delivery of materials requested from storage. Within this site you will find online forms for requesting HD supplies and services, a User Guide for library depositors that contains full operating requirements and procedures, background and design information for the facility, preservation storage conditions, guidelines on preparing materials for transfer, instructions for retrieving materials from storage, and many other aspects of the Depository's operation.
Contact Name: Wayne Humphrey
E-mail address:
Phone Number: 508.481.3224
Address: 1 Pinehill Drive, Southborough, Massachusetts 01772 United States
Postal code: 01772
Web site URL:
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Year opened: 1986
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Total Capacity (volumes):
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Current volume count: 9,000,000

Technology Systems
Inventory Management SystemGFA Library Archival System
Date Implemented1994

Operational Details
Harvard Model? Does the facility generally follow the "Harvard Model"?
Materials placed in trays? Are most materials placed in trays?
Materials placed on shelves? Are most materials placed directly onto shelving?
Shelving Height (max): 30
Movable Shelving? Does the facility use movable shelving?
Robotics? Is robotic equipment used for placement and retrieval?
Operated lifts? Are manually driven lifts or used for placement and retrieval?
Shelved by Call Numbers? Materials shelved according to library-assigned call numbers?
Shelved by size? Materials shelved according to size categories?
Archival HVAC? Facility monitors and manages temperature and humidity?
Target operating temperature: 50 (Degrees Fahrenheit)
Target operating humidity: 35 (Percent)
In Library? Is the repository located inside a library?
Remote? Is the repository located remotely from the library it serves?
Max travel distance (miles): 25