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Historical & Special Collections

Open to all, Historical & Special Collections (HSC) connects researchers around the world with legal history, and supports the Harvard Law School’s research, teaching, and learning mission.

Harvard Law School Library
Langdell Hall
1545 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: 617-495-4550

A large vellum-covered volume is being pulled off a bookshelf by a person whose hand supports the spine.
Text of this page (first page of treatise) is inside a border of blue and purple flowers, birds and figures. First initial of text is historiated, showing a surveyor and a lawyer or judge before a river.
Black and white photograph of full length view of five women and fifteen men standing in three rows on the steps in front of the entrance to Langdell Hall.


We are open by appointment only, Tuesday-Friday, 10-5.
To schedule an appointment, please email

UPCOMING CLOSURES: The Harvard Law School Library will be closed Monday, February 20


From the Et Seq Blog

  • Exhibit – Visualizing Capital Punishment: Spectacle, Shame, and Sympathy

    Open to HUID holders in the Caspersen Room, Langdell Hall, weekdays 9 to 5 through June 2023; and open to all online. This Harvard Law School Library exhibit explores the power of visual imagery to change minds about the death penalty. Drawing from material in the Library’s Historical & Special Collections, the exhibit tells a

    January 31, 2023

  • Welcome Back to HLS!

    Happy New Year! We hope you had a relaxing break and that 2023 is getting off to a good start. The Library reopens Tuesday, January 3, 2023, and we look forward to seeing and working with you this semester. You can find the Library’s hours here. This charming illustration is a view of the Treasure

    January 3, 2023

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