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  • History of the Library

    August 15, 2022

    In July 1817, the creation of the Law School was announced with the promise that students “will have access to the college library, and a…

  • Visit Us

    August 3, 2022

    Materials in Historical & Special Collections are open to everyone. Request a Reading Room Appointment The Historical & Special Collections’ Reading Room, the Root Room,…

  • Historical & Special Collections

    August 3, 2022

    Hours The Root Room, Historical & Special Collections’ reading room, is open by appointment only, Tuesday-Friday, 10-5.
    To schedule an appointment or get in…

  • Modern Manuscripts

    August 2, 2022

    What is in the Modern Manuscripts Collection? In 1964 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter wrote to Professor Alexander M. Bickel of the Yale Law…

  • Historical & Special Collections Policies

    August 1, 2022

    Reading Room Use Materials in Historical & Special Collections are open to all researchers regardless of academic affiliation. In order to gain access to materials…

  • Rare Books & Early Manuscripts

    August 1, 2022

    The Rare Book Collection contains over 100,000 printed books, pamphlets, broadsides and other material, with imprints between the fifteenth and twentieth centuries. The collection has…

  • The Red Set

    August 1, 2022

    The History of the Red Set The history of the Red Set dates from the 1890s when the Library began to preserve in a non-circulating…

  • Art & Visual Materials

    July 29, 2022

    The Art & Visual Materials Collection documents the legal profession and the history of the law, as well as the history of the Harvard Law…

  • The Collections

    July 26, 2022

    Rare Books & Early Manuscripts Materials from around the world, from 1160 to today International in scope, the Rare Books collection contains over 100,000 printed…

  • Search Tools & Reference Help

    July 26, 2022

    Historical & Special Collections staff can help you… Use Harvard search tools such as HOLLIS, HOLLIS for Archival Discovery, and…

  • History of Historical & Special Collections

    July 26, 2022

    Although the Historical & Special Collections Department was only organized as an administrative unit in 1985, the history of the collecting of historical legal materials…

  • Sound Zones in the Library

    July 25, 2022

    Quiet Zones Areas for quiet reading and study. Please keep noise to a minimum and take conversations to other zones. Locations 4th floor Caspersen Room Root…

  • Research Guides & Videos

    July 22, 2022

    Research Guides by Topic 1L Topics Writing & Citation Foreign (non-U.S.) & International Law U.S. State Law Statistics & Data Administrative Law Commercial, Corporate, &…

  • Library Services for Persons with Disabilities

    July 19, 2022

    We are committed to making our spaces and collections accessible to all scholars and researchers. Please contact Access/Circulation, 617-495-3455 or to ask about…

  • Use the Library

    July 18, 2022

    Temporary Closure: 4th Floor Reading Room The fourth floor of Langdell Hall is temporarily closed. Books shelved on this floor are unavailable at this time.

  • Digital Initiatives Team

    July 18, 2022

    Staff Paul Deschner Applications Developer
    617-384-9799 Leanne Pierson Digital Initiatives Coordinator Stories About Our Work

  • About the Library

    July 18, 2022

    Our Mission From Collections to Connections The Harvard Law School Library supports the learning, research, and teaching needs of the HLS community through engagement with…

  • News and Events

    July 14, 2022

    Upcoming Events There are no events at this time. Amicus Libris: Briefs from the Harvard Law School Library Langdell Reading Room closed until

  • Research Services

    July 14, 2022

    Contact a Research Librarian We’re available to help you find materials in the Library and answer questions about legal research.   Who Can Use Research Services?…

  • Faculty Research & Scholarly Support Team

    July 13, 2022

    Debbie Ginsberg Manager, Faculty Research & Scholarly Support Services
    617-384-0293 LinkedIn Twitter Read more about Debbie Maya Bergamasco Faculty…

  • Metadata Creation Team

    July 13, 2022

    Thomas Ma Cataloging Manager
    617-496-2109 Dan Belich Library Assistant
    617-998-2608 Sean Bustard Technical Services Library Assistant Noah…