852 RARE: Limited Access to Historical & Special Collections Materials

852 RARE: Limited Access to Historical & Special Collections Materials

At the beginning of the Spring 2012 term, the Harvard Law School Library’s Historical & Special Collections staff would like to update Et Seq readers on our major construction project and remind you of limited access to certain HSC collections and spaces.

We have moved all our early manuscripts and books offsite to ensure their safety while we install a new air conditioning system in our stacks. Hence, all these materials – including items in the Red Set – are unavailable to researchers and library staff through July 31, 2012. However, our modern manuscripts (which include the papers of HLS faculty, alumni, judges, and others) and portions of our visual materials collection remain available for research with two days’ notice – see below for details.

Because our books and early manuscripts are unavailable to staff as well as researchers, our ability to answer reference questions is limited during this time. If you do have a question, email specialc@law.harvard.edu and we will do our best to assist you. Please note that many items in HOLLIS with a “Red Set” call number are also available in the Law Library’s General collection, or in databases such as HeinOnline.

During this project, HSC’s reading room, the Root Room, is open by appointment only, Monday-Friday between 10 am and 5 pm. To schedule an appointment, email specialc@law.harvard.edu two business days in advance of your visit, and let us know which modern manuscript or visual materials you wish to consult.

For more information, please consult the webpage “Planning Your Visit,” or email us.

We expect to resume normal operations on August 1, 2012, though circumstances beyond our control may dictate a change in this schedule; announcements will be posted as necessary. We recognize that this process is inconvenient for everyone, and we thank you for your patience and cooperation.