Welcome to the Library's
User Research Center

What We Do

The User Research Center (URC) at Harvard Library is Harvard's premier lab for user-centered design, digital accessibility, and testing. The URC is located in Lamont Library A-10, just one floor down from the Lamont Cafe. View detailed directions for finding the space

Facilities & Technology

We provide the space and tools for you to test the user experience of your digital products. The lab supports methods like interviews, prototype reviews, usability testing, and accessibility testing. The lab is available for booking or we offer equipment you can borrow to run tests anywhere.

At the URC you can:

  • Get advice from experts on best practices in UX.
  • Attend learning opportunities like workshops and webinars.
  • Consult with experts on usability and digital accessibility projects.
  • Recruit from participant pools of Harvard students and assistive technology users.

View photos of the URC

Upcoming Events

2019 Sep 20

UX Drop-In Office Hours

Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Dec 13 2019 except Fri May 24 2019, Fri May 31 2019, Fri Jul 05 2019, Fri Aug 30 2019, Fri Sep 06 2019, Fri Oct 11 2019, Fri Nov 08 2019, Fri Nov 29 2019.
10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

User Research Center, Lamont Library Room A-10

Working on a project related to usability or accessibility? Want to chat about issues related to UX research and design? Stop by the URC’s UX Drop-In Office Hours to discuss what’s on your mind with Dorian Freeman (8/16, 10/18, 11/1, 12/13), Tim Murray (9/27, 10/25, 11/15, 12/6), or Amy Deschenes (8/23, 9/13, 9/20, 10/4, 11/22). These office hours are informal...

Read more about UX Drop-In Office Hours
2019 Sep 27

UX Drop-In Office Hours

10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

User Research Center, Lamont Library Room A-10

Working on a project related to usability or accessibility? Want to chat about issues related to UX research and design? Stop by the URC’s UX Drop-In Office Hours to discuss what’s on your mind with Dorian Freeman (8/16, 10/18, 11/1, 12/13), Tim Murray (9/27, 10/25, 11/15, 12/6), or Amy Deschenes (8/23, 9/13, 9/20, 10/4, 11/22). These office hours are informal...

Read more about UX Drop-In Office Hours
2019 Oct 04

UX Drop-In Office Hours

10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

User Research Center, Lamont Library Room A-10

Working on a project related to usability or accessibility? Want to chat about issues related to UX research and design? Stop by the URC’s UX Drop-In Office Hours to discuss what’s on your mind with Dorian Freeman (8/16, 10/18, 11/1, 12/13), Tim Murray (9/27, 10/25, 11/15, 12/6), or Amy Deschenes (8/23, 9/13, 9/20, 10/4, 11/22). These office hours are informal...

Read more about UX Drop-In Office Hours
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