The Library’s exhibition program, coordinated by Historical & Special Collections, advertises the scholarly resources available to the academic community with an immediacy that cannot be experienced in any other way—a medieval manuscript, the first edition of Littleton’s Tenures, a student notebook recording Professor Langdell’s lectures—all evoke the time in which they were created and give richness to the history of the law and of the Harvard Law School.

HSC’s exhibits are located in the Caspersen Room, located at the north end of the Langdell Reading Room. Hours are generally 9:00am to 5:00pm (closed for special events).

Current Exhibition

One Text, 16 Manuscripts: Magna Carta at the Harvard Law School Library: First written in 1215, the ideas of liberty and human rights contained in and derived from England’s Magna Carta (the Great Charter) have persisted for 800 years. They have provided inspiration for developments in law now enshrined in constitutions and treaties across the world. The survival and resonance of those ideas is reflected in the manuscripts currently on display in the Library’s Caspersen Room.

Past Exhibitions

Library exhibitions have featured a wide range of materials from law books in fancy dress to crime broadsides to legal portraits. See Historical & Special Collections’ index of past exhibitions for more information.

Eight persons murdered! [London] : J. Catnach, Printer, [between 1836 and 1841] (detail).