Visitor Information

Hours of Operation

Founders Library: 12/4-12/11

1st and 2nd floors open to the public. Stacks closed.

Monday–Thursday           8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Friday                                 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday                            9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday                               1:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Undergraduate Library: 12/4-12/11

Monday–Thursday          8:00 am - 12:00 am

Friday                                8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday                           9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday                              1:30 pm - 12:00am


Founders Library: 12/12-12/15

1st and 2nd floors open to the public. Stacks closed.

Tuesday–Friday           8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Undergraduate Library: 12/12-12/15

Tuesday–Friday           8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Winter Recess 2023-2024 - Founders Library and Frederick Undergraduate Library

December 16th – January 1st     CLOSED

January 2nd - January 5th           8:00 am - 5:00 pm

January 6th -January 7th            CLOSED

January 8th                                   8 am - 10 pm

Entering the Library

The Howard University Libraries and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center are open to the Howard community (student, faculty, staff, and alumni) and the public. However, borrowing privileges depend on your university or library affiliation.

Howard alumni and the public are welcome to do research and attend events at the libraries. To enter any Howard library, you will need a valid and current government-issued ID. You may also be asked to sign in when entering.

Please note, that as a private institution situated, Howard has the legal right to bar anyone from any or all parts of its premises. Disruptive or inappropriate behavior of any kind may result in suspension of visitor access.

Tour Groups

As an important architectural structure and the iconic University symbol, many people like to tour Founders Library and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center (MSRC) Reading Room.

Although we understand the desire to visit our wonderful building, we request that you please be mindful that Founders and the MSRC Reading Room are used for research and study. So, we request that the noise level be kept to a minimum.