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.
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
The Harvard Law School Library is open to active Harvard ID holders:
- 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:
- Harvard Research Assistants and Library Proxies
- Non-Harvard Faculty, Students, and Librarians
- Government Documents Users (Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
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.
Borrowing is limited to users with active Harvard IDs
- Current faculty
- Harvard Library Special Borrower cardholders
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.