Work will take place in the main Reading Room on Thursday, January 7, 2016, between 8am and 5pm. We will try to keep disturbances to a minimum. However, there may be occasional noise disruption and staff will need access to many of the study carrels on the south side of the room. Signs will be posted on the corresponding carrels. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.
Over winter break portions of the main Reading Room will be painted. Preparations for this project will take place Monday, December 21, 2015, from 8am to 5pm. We will work to keep disturbances to a minimum. However, there may be occasional noise disruption and staff will need access to several of the study carrels. Signs will be posted on the corresponding carrels. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.
Due to the current prediction of substantial snow accumulation and severe weather throughout Boston and Cambridge starting today and continuing through Friday, the Harvard Law School Library will close at two p.m. today (Thursday, January 2nd) and will remain closed all day Friday, January 3rd. While closed, the library will NOT be accessible via the 24 hour swipe card mechanism. WCC WILL remain accessible during this period. The library will reopen on Saturday, January 4th at 9am.
Due to the current prediction of substantial snow accumulation and severe weather throughout Boston and Cambridge starting today and continuing through Saturday, the Harvard Law School Library will close at noon today (Friday, February 8th) and will remain closed all day Saturday, February 9th. While closed, the library will NOT be accessible via the 24 hour swipe card mechanism. WCC WILL remain accessible during this period. The library will reopen on Sunday, February 10th at 9am.
NOTICE: Harvard Law School Library will be closed on Sunday August 28th due to Hurricane Irene.
Everyone, stay safe.
If you are visiting the Harvard Law School Library to conduct research, we are here to help you! And, to help you get started, we have created a guide to the library resources and services available to visiting researchers. If you would rather have a one-on-one meeting with a librarian to discuss your research, you can also set up an appointment through our online form.
Sunday, December 5th through Monday, December 20th, Harvard Law School Library will be in Restricted Access.
During this time only Law School students, staff and faculty will be able to use the Law Library for study hall purposes. To ensure adequate study space for Law School students during the Fall Exam period, the Harvard Law School Library restricts access.
Harvard University patrons who need to check out materials from the collection may obtain a thirty minute pass at the circulation desk to retrieve items from the stacks.
24 hour access to the 2nd floor of Langdell is restricted to Harvard Law School students, staff and faculty during the regular semester and during exams.
Harvard Law School Library will be closed Saturday, July 3rd through Monday, July 5th. We will reopen on Tuesday, July 6, at 8:30 a.m.
An Historical Anecdote of Independence Day and The Supreme Court
“Immediately after the close of this Court  the Chief Justice [John Jay] commenced his first circuit through New England and was everywhere received with the most flattering marks of respect… Thus the citizens of New Haven and the citizens of Portsmouth honored him with a ‘public entry’ into these towns; even the staid people of Boston were moved from their propriety in a similar manner.”
Later, on a journey through New York, he was “attended for twelve miles on his journey by a body of cavalry, entering the village of Hudson on Independence Day amid the ringing of bells and roar of cannon.”
from George Van Santvoord’s, Sketches of the lives and judicial services of the chief-justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. New York, 1856.
Access through The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926. Gale. 2010.
Access to the Harvard Law School Library will be restricted to Law School faculty, staff, and students from April 26 – May 15, 2009 during our reading and exam periods.
The library will continue to be available to other Harvard ID holders who need to check out a book in the collection, and to collection users needing unique materials available only at the Law School Library. Anyone needing to use materials in the collection can check in at the Langdell Circulation desk. However, the library is only available as a study and exam area for Harvard Law School students.
And while taking your exams, remember: Be objective and specific, detailed yet brief. Most of all, have fun.
Harvard Law School Library will celebrate Earth Hour by closing one hour early, at 8:00 PM on Saturday, March 28, 2009.
When the lights go down in the city
And the sun shines on the bay. . .
– Steve Perry
Boston, Cambridge, and Harvard University have joined worldwide Earth Hour, and so have we. We’re turning out the lights at Harvard Law School Library an hour early. More information about Earth Hour can be found at EarthHour.org. More about Harvard University joining this effort can be found in Harvard University Gazette online.