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The Library is open to Harvard University affiliates and researchers from across the globe. Our physical spaces are designed to meet the varying needs of learners, from quiet spaces to collaboration areas.


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.

Several students in a large open space with high ceilings and bright natural light sit a long tables with laptops, books, papers.

Our Spaces

Find the right space for your needs. These are a few our spaces and amenities:

  • Open study spaces
  • Private group study rooms
  • Sofas and comfortable armchairs
  • Coffee and tea station
  • Phone call rooms

More About Library Spaces & Technology

Library Hours


The Harvard Law School Library is open to active Harvard ID holders:

  • Faculty
  • Students
  • Staff
  • Harvard Library Cardholders

Researchers & Scholars

Access to the Harvard Law School Library’s unique collections is available to scholars and researchers. Research should be self-directed.

Please visit the Harvard Library Visitor Access page for all information about access categories and processes including:

  • Alumni
  • Harvard Research Assistants and Library Proxies
  • Non-Harvard Faculty, Students, and Librarians
  • Government Documents Users (Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm) Material must be requested in advance.

Self-represented Litigants (Pro Se)

Reference Librarians do not practice law and are not permitted to:

  • Conduct legal research for patrons
  • Provide legal advice or opinions
  • Read a legal authority over the phone, even if provided with a citation


If you need legal assistance, please contact your local Bar Association for referrals to attorneys; or visit the American Bar Association information site.

Free Legal Research Resources


Borrowing is limited to users with active Harvard IDs

  • Current faculty
  • Staff
  • Students
  • Harvard Library Special Borrower cardholders

Read our borrowing policies for information on loan periods, renewals, and interlibrary loans. Learn about getting articles and book chapters delivered to your inbox with Scan & Deliver.

Historical & Special Collections

Manuscripts, visual materials, and rare books are housed in the Harvard Law School Library’s Historical & Special Collections.

Visit the Historical & Special Collections page for more information.