Building Access

TEMPORARY LIMITED ACCESS:  Current occupancy restrictions require William James Hall exterior doors to remain locked 24 hours, seven days per week. Access to the building is via HUID card only. Please contact William James Hall Building Operation Staff with questions about access.

Your Harvard ID card is your access to spaces that are protected by a card reader – including the exterior doors after hours. You may request card access by submitting a Card Access Request Form through your department administrator. Access will be granted within 24 hours of the request. If your Harvard ID is lost or stolen, contact William James Hall Building Operations, room B12 at 495-3801 as soon as possible to deactivate the card and then go to Harvard ID Services the next business day for a replacement card. Harvard ID Services is located at Harvard Campus Services, Holyoke Center, room 807, 496-7827. Once you receive your replacement card, please contact Cynthia Fiore to verify that previous William James Hall clearances remain intact on your ID number.


Written authorization from the appropriate sponsoring professor, lab manager, or department administrator is required for all key requests. An email will be sent to the requester when keys are ready; keys should be picked up at William James Hall Building Operations, room B12 Authorization should be emailed to Please include the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Title/Affiliation
  • Department
  • Authorized room


A security guard is stationed in the lobby and a roving guard covers the entire complex 495-4964, 24 hours, seven days per week including holidays and during university breaks.

Event sponsors should hire a Harvard University Police detail if there are cash transactions or other event features that would trigger this requirement. Questions about these policies should be directed to WJH Building Operations at 495-3801.

Please take a few minutes to review safety recommendations from the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD).

Lock Out Policy

If you are locked out of the building during regular business hours, contact the WJH Building Operations Office at 495-3801. After hours, contact the security guard at 495-3809 (or call the Harvard Operations Control Center at 495-5560.