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Faculty members may borrow most Library materials for office use for limited time periods. In general, faculty members may renew materials unless another patron has requested them. Materials that circulate to faculty include:

  • Monographs: 1 semester.
  • American primary materials: 1 semester.
  • ILS Reading Room materials: 1 semester.
  • Course Reserve materials: 2 days, by prior arrangement with instructor;
  • Bound periodicals and law reviews: 1 semester.
  • Current, unbound periodical and law reviews: 1 semester.

Returns and Recalls

In addition to returning library materials to the Langdell Circulation desk, faculty members may also leave them in a pickup location designated in each faculty or faculty secretarial office. A library staff member checks these locations daily. For security reasons, do not leave library materials outside an office. The Library has no book drops; please bring materials your are returning to the Langdell Circulation Desk or call 617-495-3455 for a pickup.

Circulation staff may recall books from faculty offices for use by other library patrons. In order to keep them readily available to all patrons, faculty members should not remove library books from the Law School. In particular, reference books or other materials on special loan to faculty members should not leave the Law School.

Circulation staff generally will recall a book via email or by written request. If possible, faculty members should return recalled materials on the day they receive the recall request. When faculty members fail to observe recall requests, Library staff has authority to retrieve materials from faculty offices, leaving a message noting the retrieval. Address questions about book returns to the Langdell Circulation Desk, 617-495-3455.

Proxy Borrowing

A faculty member may borrow directly from most Harvard libraries or may authorize a research or faculty assistant to serve as a proxy borrower. These individuals may borrow library materials on behalf of faculty members. Individuals wishing to obtain a Research Assistant Borrowing Privileges Card should complete an application form, have it signed by the faculty member for whom they are working, and take it to the Library Privileges Office at Widener Library, Room 130, 617- 495-4166. There is a $5.00 service fee charged for each card issued.

The Widener Library Privileges Office will issue a card bearing the faculty member’s identification number and the names of both the faculty member and the research or faculty assistant. The faculty member is responsible for all materials the proxy borrows from Harvard libraries on his or her behalf. All materials checked out in the faculty member’s name can be viewed and renewed in the My Account section of the HOLLIS catalog. Copies of the Application for Research Assistant Library Borrower’s Card are also available from the Law Library’s Access/Privileges Assistant, 617-496-5510 or at the Langdell Circulation Desk.