Baker Library/Bloomberg Center

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Baker Library/Bloomberg Center
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General information
Town or cityCambridge, Massachusetts
CountryUnited States
OwnerHarvard Business School
Design and construction
ArchitectMcKim, Mead & White
Robert A.M. Stern Architects

The Baker Library/Bloomberg Center is a building complex at Harvard Business School on the campus of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. It includes the Baker Library, built in 1927, and the Bloomberg Center, completed in 2005.

The Baker Library.


The construction of the Baker Library was completed in 1927.[1] It was named for philanthropist George Fisher Baker.[1] From 1930 to 2007, the bell in the tower came from the Danilov Monastery in Moscow, Russia; it had been donated by Charles Richard Crane.[1]

The Bloomberg Center was built in 2003–2005.[1] It was named for billionaire alumnus Michael R. Bloomberg's father, William Henry Bloomberg.[1]

The complex includes "67 faculty offices," the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room (named for alumnus Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien),[2] the Stamps Reading Room and the Frist Faculty Commons (named for philanthropist Thomas F. Frist Jr.).[1][3]

Architectural design[edit]

The 1927 building was designed in the Georgian Revival style by McKim, Mead & White.[1][4] The 2005 expansion was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.[5]

Library collections[edit]

The library collections contain many rare books and documents of business history.[6][7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Baker Library/Bloomberg Center". Harvard Business School. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  2. ^ "The de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room". Harvard Business School. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Frist Faculty Commons". Harvard Business School. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Rybczynski, Witold (October 14, 2014). "Witold Rybczynski: Tata Hall and the Art of Adding to the Harvard Business School Campus". Architect Magazine. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "ABOUT THE LIBRARY". Baker Library/Bloomberg Center. Harvard Business School. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  6. ^ Linard, Laura; Sverdloff, Brent M. (Winter 1997). "Not Just Business as Usual: Evolving Trends in Historical Research at Baker Library". The American Archivist. 60 (1): 88–98. JSTOR 40294027.
  7. ^ Bartoshesky, Florence (Autumn 1985). "Business Records at the Harvard Business School". The Business History Review. 59 (3): 475–483. JSTOR 3114008.
  8. ^ Lovett, Robert W. (December 1953). "Business Manuscripts in Baker Library". Bulletin of the Business Historical Society. 27 (4): 260–263. doi:10.2307/3110899.

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