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The Harvard Law School Library will lend and photocopy material from our collection for other libraries.

The Harvard Law School library does not lend or photocopy materials for individuals directly.

  • If you are not a member of the Harvard Law School community and wish to obtain Harvard material through Interlibrary Loan, please consult the interlibrary loan office at your local, academic, firm or public library.
  • If you are affiliated with Harvard University, please ask a staff member at your faculty library about services provided.
  • If you would like to visit the library to use our collections, please see our access policies.

Requesting Materials

Before submitting a request, please confirm that the Harvard Law School owns the item by searching for the item in HOLLIS. If you are using our online form, please fill in the form completely. Fill out separate requests for each item requested. Please note that regular requests generally have a four business day turnaround time and rush requests generally have a two business day turnaround time. We do not provide same day service.

Interlibrary Loan requests should be sent via an ISO ILL system (e.g., ILL Manager or ILLiad), via OCLC or via our Interlibrary Loan Request Form. Our materials appear in OCLC (HLS). Please note that this form replaces all ALA, CLA, IFLA, bibliographic records and other types of paper forms. We are no longer able to accept requests via e-mail, fax, telephone mail or Ariel.

Material Available for Interlibrary Loan

We will generally lend:

  • Circulating items from out catalog
  • Harvard Law School theses if a circulating copy is available
  • Reels from our pre-Soviet microfilm collection

We will not lend:

  • Primary law
  • Government publications
  • Whole issues of periodicals
  • Items published before 1900
  • Fragile items
  • Microforms (except as listed above)
  • Reserve items
  • Looseleafs
  • Items in our Special Collections. Please contact the Special Collection Department directly if you need access to rare or archival materials.


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies and other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research. If a user makes a request for, or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of fair use, that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copy order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


Within the United States

  • Loans will be sent via FedEx Ground. If you need rush shipping we can ship via FedEx Overnight.

Outside of the United States

  • Loans will be sent via International FedEx at the International Economy rate (approximately 2-3 days shipping). If you need faster shipping we can ship via FedEx International Priority.

Please see the schedule below for our fees.

Returning Loans

Please be sure to use a trackable shipper such as UPS or FedEx when returning items; ship items to the address below.

Billing and Fees

Payment via OCLC ILL Fee Management (IFM) is preferred. Otherwise, we send invoices monthly. We accept payment of invoices via check, IFLA vouchers or money order. We do not accept credit card payments.

The Harvard Law Library is a member of NELLCO. We do not charge NELLCO libraries. Please indicate on your request if you are a NELLCO library.

Fees for U.S. and North American Academic and Non-Profit Libraries

Service Fee
Loans $25.00/request
Copies (up to 100 pages) $25.00/request
Rush service
(guaranteed 2 business day turnaround)
Add $15.00
Overnight Shipping For overnight shipping, please provide your FedEx number
Harvard and full NELLCO members No fee

Fees for U.S. and North American Firm and For-Profit Libraries

Service Fee
Loans $50.00/request
Copies (up to 100 pages) $50.00/request
Rush service
(guaranteed 2 business day turnaround)
Add $25.00
Overnight Shipping For overnight shipping, please provide your FedEx number

Fees for Libraries outside of North America

Service Fee in U.S. dollars Fee in IFLA vouchers
Loans $45.00/request 3 vouchers
Copies (up to 100 pages) $25.00/request 2 vouchers
Rush service
(guaranteed 2 business day turnaround)
Add $15.00 Add 1 voucher
Rush shipping For rush shipping, please provide your FedEx number For rush shipping, please provide your FedEx number

Contact and Shipping Information

Harvard Library Resource Sharing
1 Harvard Yard
Widener Library, Room G-30
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: 617-495-2972
Fax: 617-496-2666

We cannot accept phone ILL requests.

The Harvard Library Resource Sharing Office is located in Widener Library, Room G-30.


Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.