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Harvard Law School Library

Added Names/Aliases: Law School Library, HLS Library, International Legal Studies, ILS, Langdell, Law Library
 
 
 
 

HOURS OF OPERATION

 
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Library Hours
Reference Desk
 
 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 
Contact by Phone
Circulation and Access:
(617) 495-3455
Reference:
(617) 495-4516
Historical & Special Collections:
(617) 495-4550
Contact by Email / Web
Access:
access@law.harvard.edu
Research :
research@law.harvard.edu
Website
 
HLS Library Website
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1545 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 02138
Map
 
 

ABOUT

 

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.

 

Collections

 

Library Collections

The Harvard Law School Library is a global library, providing access to the world's legal information. The Library makes every effort to provide its patrons with at minimum a core collection of the primary law, both contemporary and historical, of each of the world's jurisdictions. For more information about our collection practices and policy, see our Collections page.

Historical & Special Collections

With nearly 2,000 linear feet of manuscripts, over 200,000 rare books, and more than 70,000 visual images, Historical & Special Collections houses one of the world's most comprehensive collections of research materials for the study of legal history. Its chief mission is to acquire, catalog, preserve, and make available to researchers materials that document the history of the law in general and of Anglo-American law in particular. For more information, see the HLS Library's Historical & Special Collections portal page.

Digital Collections

The Library is dedicated to digitizing and making available online selections of its rare and important materials. In addition to bringing these materials to a wider audience, digitization facilitates access to unique and valuable materials while preserving and protecting fragile originals. For more information, see our Digital Collections and Exhibitions page.

 
 

LIBRARY SERVICES

 
  • Research Training
  • During the academic year, research librarians offer classes covering a variety of research-related topics. To view the schedule and sign up, see our research training calendar

  • Research Consultations
  • Members of the Harvard University community may request a research appointment with a research librarian who will provide advice on defining your topic, developing your research strategy, locating and using subject-specific data sources, and identifying potential research problem areas. Request an appointment.  

  • Research Guides
  • The Harvard Law School librarians have created research guides covering a full range of legal topics as well as general categories like treatises, legislative history, and publishing. See our research guides to get started.

  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Interlibrary Loan borrowing is provided to any member of the Harvard Law School community (faculty, students and staff). If you need a book or journal article that is unavailable within the Harvard University library system, we will attempt to borrow it from another library. For more information about ILL at Harvard Law School, see our Interlibrary Loan Services page.

  • Resource Purchase Request
  • We welcome recommendations for improving our collections. Use our purchase request form to request the purchase of a book, journal, database, electronic resource or other item. 

 
 

LIBRARY STAFF

 
Allison, Jennifer jallison@law.harvard.edu
Bulut, Aslihan abulut@law.harvard.edu
Casey, June jucasey@law.harvard.edu
Junghahn, Lisa Research Librarian ljunghahn@law.harvard.edu
Kent, Melinda mkent@law.harvard.edu
Kribble, Meg mkribble@law.harvard.edu
Melhem, Yahya ymelhem@law.harvard.edu
Pearse, Michelle Senior Research Librarian mpearse@law.harvard.edu Request an Appointment
Rios, Jessica jrios@law.harvard.edu Request an Appointment
Saint-Amour, Teresa Librarian for Foreign, Comparative and International Law tsaintamour@law.harvard.edu
Spina, Carli cspina@law.harvard.edu
 

VISITOR POLICIES

 
  • Access
  • The Harvard Law School Library is a private research facility that exists primarily to support the educational and research needs of the HLS faculty, staff and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections. Borrowing is limited to current Harvard ID holders. During exam periods, access is restricted to current HLS affiliates and collection users. Harvard University ID holders can always enter to retrieve a book to check out at the Circulation Desk. Library staff is not available for legal advice. Manuscript and visual materials, along with rare books, are housed in the Library's Historical & Special Collections. For information concerning access to these materials, please see the Harvard Law School Library Historical & Special Collections portal page.  For more information, please see our Admission to the Library page.

 
 

ACCESSIBILITY

 
  • Harvard Law School Library is committed to making its collections accessible to all scholars and researchers. Please contact cspinaatlaw [dot] harvard [dot] edu (subject: Accessibility%20at%20the%20HLS%20Library) (Carli Spina) to inquire about available services. The Library is wheelchair accessible. Ramps and automatic doors are located at the Areeda entrance to Langdell Hall. Other entrances require use of the handicapped access lift or elevators.