The primary building of the Harvard University Library System is the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, known as Widener Library. It is situated in the south of Harvard Yard. Widener Library offers such special collections as American, African, Asian, Judaic, Germanic, Iberian, Modern Greek, Middle Eastern and Slavik. Founded in 1915 the library was named after the Harvard graduate Harry Elkins Widener, who donated $3.5 million to the University of Harvard for building of a new library. Widener Library was designed by Horace Trumbauer, a widely reputed architect and author of many private houses across Philadelphia.
During the period of 1997-2004 the Widener Library was renovated and expanded to include more houses equipped with fire suppression systems and air conditioning.
The Harvard University Library System provides access to the holdings of the library for the students, University's faculty and researches. It is also a department of the Central Administration of the Harvard University, through which the libraries co-operate. The latest innovations allow the Harvard University Library to acquire and preserve information in all forms it is created, from traditional print to digital resources. The core of the university's holdings is concentrated in Widener Library, which has the status of the flagship library of the university.
Today the Harvard University Library can compete with the world's most prominent libraries, like the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library and the British Library. Its publications can serve a number of internal and external purposes. The Harvard University Archives' mission is to protect and preserve records of historical collections of the university.
The University of Harvard operates many art museums, including the Adolph Bush Museum, the Fogg Museum of Art, the Sackler Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology and the Semitic Museum.
The Harvard University Health Services provides a health care facility at the Medical, Law and Business School areas. Trying to practices individual health care approach, the Health Services determines its core mission as meeting the needs of the Harvard University Community. It provides high quality care and education in terms of maintaining and improving well being.
The university is provided with the most current information on health care issues. Every member of the Health Services strives to perform the highest level of the work thus creating the organization, which is able to meet the requirements of the university's staff. Many talented health care professionals provide services and support in all health aspects. The Health Services determines a healthy lifestyle as the harmony of three components: a healthy body, a healthy mind and a healthy environment.
A lack of any of these components can affect the health negatively. The university's staff can also address the Center for Wellness and Health Communication for a consultation in a variety of health-related issues, like health education and outreach programs.