The Fairbank Center is in the process of welcoming back students, staff, faculty, and affiliates to campus for the first time in over eighteen months. Harvard’s policies on safely returning to campus provide up-to-date guidance on how the university is responding to changing trends in COVID-19 cases. As such, the information provided below for affiliates who plan on returning to campus is based on the most recent information from university leadership; it is subject to change in accordance with Harvard policy. We will keep you updated to the best of our ability as things develop, but if you have additional questions please contact us at

The latest COVID-19 policies can always be found at

Updated: August 27, 2021

Vaccine Verification

Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. You may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons.

To submit your proof of vaccination or obtain more information about how to claim an exemption to this requirement, visit the University’s “Verify Your Vaccination” webpage. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage. There is also information available that is specific to international scholars.



Vaccinated faculty, staff, and researchers with an on-campus presence must test once per week; those who are unvaccinated must test twice per week.

To start testing, first register for a account. Instructions for registering can be found here. A map with places at which self-administered tests can be picked up and dropped off can be found here. Testing will now use the Harvard University Clinical Lab (HUCL) tests vs. the old Broad swabs.  Here is a helpful self-paced training module on how to administer the self-test.

Note that community remembers traveling from outside of Massachusetts have additional testing requirements. Those can be found here.


Face Coverings

Harvard will continue to require face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Community members should use Harvard-provided face coverings, which we will supply in the Fairbank Center office.


Offices and Use of Space

The Fairbank Center will be staffed beginning August 30, 2021. To start the fall semester, the FCCS team will be working a hybrid model with both remote and in-person days.

Office space within the Fairbank Center may be available for affiliates during the semester, depending on the university’s guidance on social distancing and use of shared office spaces. Please contact Executive Director Dan Murphy at for more information.



As Dean Claudine Gay announced in May, “The Harvard community will have access to all in-person and virtual library services at the start of the fall semester and FAS Museums will reopen to the Harvard community in September.” The majority of Harvard’s libraries are currently open for physical access to Harvard ID holders (please check with individual libraries to confirm).

The Fairbank Collection at the H. C. Fung Library will reopen on September 7, 2021, but will only open to visitors who have arranged an appointment in advance. To arrange an appointment, please email librarian Nancy Hearst at

Online library resources can still be used with HarvardKey access. Additionally, you can use Harvard’s Hollis library website to request physical books to be picked up using the Front Door Pickup service. For more information please consult the library’s website and their current guide to borrowing materials.



We plan for all Fairbank Center public events for the fall semester will be held virtually. If you wish to attend an event, you should register via our events page and plan to attend via Zoom or livestream via YouTube.

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