Cabot Science Library

The Cabot Science Library re-opened on April 10, 2017, after a long substantial renovation. The new Cabot has been transformed into an open, welcoming and vibrant space for all Harvard students, faculty and staff. It includes several flexible learning environments, group study and teaching spaces, video conference rooms, multimedia recording studios and a Discovery Bar. Next door in the Science Center is a café and a coffee bar.

A notable and highly visible feature of the new Cabot Library is the Discovery Bar.  Positioned near the main entrance to the Library, the Discovery Bar provides a forum for the campus community to share presentations and informal demos. A large projection screen provides the capability of sharing visuals at the main entrance to the Science Center

Other first floor spaces include:

  • A consultation room (aka the "Ice Cube") where individuals or small groups can meet with librarians and other campus experts.
  • A 10-seat video conferencing room is available to connect with remote locations or can be used for in-room recordings.  
  • Three study bays that can accommodate up to six individuals.
  • Several types of flexible study spaces and seating - including a Study Pod.


On the lower level of Cabot patrons will find:

  • Access Services, Collections, and staff offices.
  • Seven bookable group study rooms that can accommodate 6-8 people.
  • Three bookable personal video conferencing booths.
  • Five Study Pods.
  • Two bookable Media Studios. Media Studio A has a green screen so the background of the video can be customized in post-production; Media Studio B includes an overhead camera and a large screen for presentation slides.
  • A 24-seat flexible Instruction Room. This room is dedicated to library instruction and staff development activities. The room supports creative pedagogical experiments, and can provide both basic and advanced functionality, including video-recording of in-room activities from three perspectives.
Media Studio AMedia Studio A
Media Studio BMedia Studio B
photos courtesy of Enrique Diaz, Designer/Multimedia Specialist for Lamont Library