Welcome to the User Research Center at Harvard Library
The User Research Center at Harvard Library offers equipment and space to conduct usability testing, interviews, space assessments, and much more. The User Research Center is open Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM and is located in Lamont Library A-10, just one floor down from the Lamont Cafe. View detailed directions for finding the space.
In addition to the space, the User Research Center offers practical training on user experience methods and equipment that staff can borrow.
Initial funding for the User Research Center at Harvard Library was generously provided by the Arcadia Fund.
What can I do at the User Research Center (URC)?
Evaluate a website, system, or online learning object
Ever wonder how users actually interact with your website or system? The URC enables all kinds of usability and accessibility testing including think-aloud, time on task, and eye tracking. We can also conduct expert reviews of your interface.
Get user feedback on services
Want to know what people really think about your services or resources? Work with staff at the URC to develop thoughtful interviews, surveys, or focus groups. The URC can also help you recruit Harvard student participants using the HSA student study participant pool or proficient assistive technology users using the Accessibility Testing participant pool.
Assess physical spaces & wayfinding
Need to determine how people use the areas in your space? Looking to create an innovative space that meets user needs? The URC provides resources and equipment to facilitate observational testing and design thinking activities.
Review a web or system design
Work with staff at the URC to review a website for usability best practices or accessibility compliance.
Meet with us for consultations & help
Not sure where to start or which method to use? Meet with a staff member to discuss building a plan for your user test.
Borrow equipment for user testing & focus groups
The URC offers a variety of hardware available to staff to borrow to perform user testing. Equipment available includes laptops (macOS and Windows), tablets and mobile devices (iOS and Android), camcorders, microphones, eye-tracking devices, and more. View our list of available equipment.
Attend a workshop or tour
Interested in learning more? Harvard affiliates can sign up for a tour to see the URC's space, equipment, and software. We also offer regular workshops and events on UX and accessibility topics. View our upcoming events and tour dates.
Students: Get involved by signing up for the HSA Study Pool
The URC is always looking for Harvard students to participate in usability tests. Complete the sign up form to join the HSA Study Pool to participate in future sessions.