The Commons

About Us

The goal of The Commons at Gutman Library is to provide the students, faculty and staff of HGSE, as well as all Harvard affiliates, with excellent food and superb service in a relaxed atmosphere that promotes a sense of community on the HGSE campus.

The Commons is located on the first floor of the Gutman Library in the area that once held the Gutman Library Circulation Desk and administrative offices.  After extensive renovations, the area is now home to a 120 seat dining facility featuring an extensive breakfast and lunch menu. 

Our culinary team is proud to offer you menu selections such as fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, grilled items and pizza from our stone hearth oven.  Recharge with one of our fresh made salads or home cooked entrees in our relaxed cafe setting.  We invite you to catch up with friends over a cup of organic fair trade coffee or dive into a HGSE faculty member book in front of one of our two fireplaces.

 The team at The Commons is always looking to continuously improve our service and create an excellent experience for all of our guests.  We are constantly meeting with local food purveyors and farmers to ensure quality product and continue to introduce new ingredients when possible.  Our staff is quite knowledgeable in food and beverage, please feel free to approach any of our team with questions regarding the menu or dietary restrictions. 

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Jill Woodcome at