Open Access and Accessibility

Open Access

Harvard Library Bulletin is Harvard Library's open access journal.

We will not charge authors to publish with us, or pay a fee to make their work open access.

Authors will always retain copyright.

We will not charge readers to read our content.

We will make any software code and data sets we create freely available.

We will be active partners in creating (in the words of Harvard Library Vice President Martha Whitehead) “a scholarly communications landscape that provides equitable opportunities for a diversity of voices to be published and read, from and in all parts of the world” (“Harvard Library’s commitment to open access,” 2019).


All born-digital content in Harvard Library Bulletin conforms to the Harvard University Digital Accessibility Policy, which uses as its standard The Worldwide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1, Level AA Conformance (WCAG 2.1 Level AA).

Much of the HLB print archive was produced before the widespread use of digital printing, and PDF objects derived from them have been converted from Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). These PDFs have been converted with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, but accuracy varies depending on the print quality.

We encourage readers who experience accessibility issues with PDFs from the HLB print archive to contact us so we can remediate the problematic document.