How to use the CCB Library during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Please be advised that the library has suspended all print-based services until further notice. These are services that require staff to be on-site, and as the need for social distancing and limiting travel and movement becomes more extreme in Massachusetts, protecting the health and safety of library staff is a priority. 

This will have a significant impact on you, even if you are off-site, because it includes our Scan & Deliver service as well as all borrowing and returning of physical items.

There is a lot more now available online, either open access or via HarvardKey, than was available just last week. Many of the publishers and vendors that provide our online resources are stepping up and offering free or expanded access during this time. I (Tina Qin, CCB Librarian) am waiting to learn more information about how you will see this access; my guess is that while many resources will become visible in HOLLIS, it’ll be a good idea to get in the habit of doing a three-point check for any one item or topic: 1) HOLLIS, 2) the likeliest database, and 3) Google or Duckduckgo or your web search of choice. You can always send specific citations or topic-based requests my way and take advantage of my nose for guessing which place is likeliest to have something.

I remain available (at slightly irregular hours) for questions and troubleshooting via email (, phone, and Zoom. Please do not hesitate to email me. You’re not bothering mehelping you problem-solve is one of the best parts of my job under normal circumstances, and it will bring me extra joy if I’m able to help you continue your work under these rather extreme circumstances.

The situation is evolving rapidly. The best place to find updates and check in on the current status of library services is via the FAQs on the landing page at, and the banner alerts at the top of



The Chemistry and Chemical Biology collections in Cabot Science Library span the fields of inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, organic and bioorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, chemical biology, molecular biology, physics, materials, and surface science.


HOLLIS/Research Links

Journals and books

Harvard Library

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Other Libraries

Citation Resources

Undergraduate Student with a Book


  • DASH Harvard open-access repository
  • Dataverse Harvard data repository
  • OSF Open Science Framework, open-source project management repository
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Digital Scholarship

Library Contact

Tina Qin
Librarian for Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Cabot Science Library, Harvard University
(617) 998-1789 |


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