May 17, 2022

New: Take a 360-Degree Virtual Tour of Harvard’s Widener Library

From the Harvard Gazette

Harvard Library has partnered with a digital production company to create a 360-degree virtual tour of Widener, using a model constructed from thousands of photographs taken inside the building. Viewers can gaze up at the skylights of the Loker Reading Room, wander through the lower-level stacks, and examine the bookshelves holding Harry Widener’s personal collection. Along the tour, markers indicate an option to read historical details.


The virtual tour was conceptualized and commissioned by Harvard Library’s digital scholarship program manager Matt Cook and head of research services Reed Lowrie. Cook said their vision was to “provide an experience of the space and its historical information for those unable to enter physically.”

The virtual tour is currently in beta and includes a feedback link. It is viewable on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Read the Complete Launch Announcement

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See Also: A Recently Released Video Tour of the Harvard Law School Library

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