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Personal Hold Shelf Application

To apply for a personal hold shelf, you must submit a completed Law Library Hold Shelf Application Form.

PERSONAL HOLD SHELF ASSIGNMENT REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES

Law Library hold shelves are only available for the following patrons:

    S.J.D. candidates without assigned office space
    LL.M. students researching a thesis or written work requirement
    J.D. candidates satisfying a third year written work requirement
    Officially registered HLS Visiting Researchers and Visiting Scholars
    Harvard University Fellows and Ph.D. candidates with Law Faculty sponsors

Applicants must be able to provide a Law Faculty or program sponsor or advisor to apply for a hold shelf at the Law Library.

PERSONAL HOLD SHELF SPACE

Hold shelves are only assigned to patrons who show a need to use a large amount of Law Library material. Patrons may use their assigned hold shelves to store library material only. Personal material may not be left on hold shelves.

Library staff will do everything they can to accommodate patron needs when assigning hold shelf space. If you require a shelf of a certain height, or have other concerns, please contact staff at: access@law.harvard.edu

NEATNESS

It is your responsibility to keep your assigned hold shelf neat and tidy. Books must be shelved upright on the hold shelf with the spines visible and may not be left on their sides, open, or in any other disorderly fashion.

Do not leave any personal material on your hold shelf. Personal material will be removed by library staff.
The Law Library cannot be held responsible for any personal belongings that are left on hold shelves.

LEAVING MATERIAL ON YOUR HOLD SHELF

All material left on your hold shelf must be properly checked out to your library account. Please check out material at the circulation desk before placing it on your hold shelf.

Law Library staff will check your hold shelf regularly to make sure all books are checked out properly. Books that are not checked out properly will be reshelved.

MATERIALS THAT CANNOT BE CHECKED OUT TO A HOLD SHELF

    Reference and Reserve materials
    In-library use material, including:
    Primary Law materials (statutes, codes, case reporters, etc.), pre-1900 materials, and looseleafs.
    We strongly discourage leaving ILL or Borrow Direct books on your personal hold shelf.

TIPS FOR MANAGING YOUR HOLD SHELF

Material left on your hold shelf must be checked out to your library account. It is your responsibility to keep track of material left on your hold shelf and return or renew items when they are due.

Check your library account regularly to see if books on your hold shelf have been recalled or need to be renewed.

Libraries do not keep records of past loans, so if you need to reorder a book that has been recalled make a note of the title and author.

Return books when you are finished with them to keep your hold shelf tidy. Photocopiers and scanners are available throughout the library to help you capture those last few pages you need.

QUESTIONS

Please direct questions about personal hold shelves to Alethea Jones at: access@law.harvard.edu