Historical & Special Collections (HSC) at the Harvard Law School Library welcomes classes from Harvard and other local colleges to use its collections. Classes are welcome to visit between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday. Some visits outside these hours may be arranged. Classes can be held in the Root Room, the Caspersen Room, or Areeda 524, a small library conference room.
Please use the Harvard Special Collections and Archives Class Request Tool to set up a reservation. First time users will need to set up a user account. Once your room reservation has been confirmed, you can begin to choose the material you wish to show your students. Our holdings are found in HOLLIS, the main Harvard Library catalog; OASIS, a database of finding-aids for manuscript collections; and VIA, a catalog of visual resources at Harvard.
You can also explore the descriptions of our collections on HSC’s website, our exhibitions pages, and HSC posts on the Harvard Law School Library blog. HSC staff is also available to suggest material that is relevant to your course.
To ensure the best experience for your class and that space is available, early reservations are essential. Requests must be submitted at least five business days before the class is scheduled to meet so that we have sufficient time to gather material and find substitutes for any material that is too fragile to use. We encourage instructors to schedule a pre-class discussion with HSC staff to select materials and finalize arrangements.
To request a class visit, please enter the Special Collections and Archives Class Request Tool by clicking the image above. You can also contact HSC staff by e-mail. We look forward to working with you.