The Law School Library’s Historical & Special Collections is having a back-to-school Open House! During the first two weeks of the semester, September 3-6 and 9-13, HSC will be open weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm, no appointments necessary. Stop by the Elihu Root Reading Room on the fourth floor of Langdell Hall to say hello, learn about our collections of rare books, art, and manuscripts, and pick up some HSC giveaways. For the safety of our collections, food and drinks are always prohibited in the Root Room; please leave your drinks and water bottles outside.
Beginning September 16, the Reading Room will be open by appointment Monday – Friday 10 am to 5 pm. If you wish to use rare books or early manuscripts in HSC’s collections, email firstname.lastname@example.org at least one business day in advance to arrange an appointment. Please allow two business days for modern manuscripts and visual materials, as many of them must be paged from offsite. For more information, visit the “Planning Your Visit” section of HSC’s webpage, and do not hesitate to email us with questions.
Occasionally, the Root Room will be closed to researchers due to class visits or maintenance work. Whenever possible, these closures will be announced on HSC’s main page under “Special Hours” or “Special Notices.”
We look forward to seeing you at the Open House!
- The HSC Staff: Karen Beck, Jane Kelly, Ed Moloy, Margaret Peachy, Mary Person, and Lesley Schoenfeld
Photo by Ryan Holst. CC BY 2.0.
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.
This year the library will be closed over Winter Break. We will close at 5pm on December 22nd and reopen after the break at 8am on January 2nd. During this time, students will have no access to the library building, so please plan ahead! If you will need to check out any books for use over the break or scan any materials that you keep at your carrel or on a journal’s shelf (or if you want to check out any DVDs to watch over the break), please allow plenty of time to do so prior to 5pm on December 22nd. You can see the library’s full hours on our new calendar.
Other Harvard Libraries may have different schedules over the Winter Break, though many will be closed. For more information, please refer to the new library portal.
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.
Here is a summary of the summer hours at Harvard Law School Library:
Monday, May 17 – Thursday, May 20: 8:30 A.M. – 11 P.M.
Friday, May 21: 8:30 A.M. – 8 P.M.
Saturday, May 22: 8:30 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Sunday, May 23: 9 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Monday, May 24 – Thursday, May 27: 8:30 A.M. – 11 P.M.
Friday, May 28: 8:30 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Saturday, May 29 – Monday, May 31: CLOSED
June and July 2010
Monday – Thursday 8:30 A.M. – 11 P.M.
Friday 8:30 A.M. – 8 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday : CLOSED
We will be closed on Monday, July 5th.
August 1 – August 28 2010
Monday – Thursday 8:30 A.M. – 6 P.M.
Friday 8:30 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday : CLOSED
Restricted Access – April 18 – May 14, 2010.
The library restricts access during the reading and exam periods. During Restricted Access only Harvard Law School students, faculty and staff are allowed regular ID access to the library. Others with a specific need to borrow or use materials in the collection must check in at the circulation desk for access.
24 Hour Study Space
The ground floor of the library remains accessible as a study space 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for Harvard Law School students. The computer lab, Fishman Room, and Lemann Lounge will all be available 24 hours until the end of the academic year. All other floors of Langdell and Lewis will continue to close at normal hours.
To enter the ground floor after midnight you will need your Law HUID. Swipe access is available from the two outside doors in the back of Langdell, where the building connects to Areeda Hall. After entering through either of these doors, you must swipe your card once more to enter the library. The outside entrance on the Holmes Field side of Langdell will not be available.
After midnight, there will be security guards but no staff or services. For safety, please do not swipe anyone else into the library with your HUID. Report any suspicious activity immediately to HUPD 617-495-1212. Do not leave your belongings unattended.
Please remember, if you arrive early in the morning you still need to use your HUID at the Langdell/Areeda entrance. The entrance on the Holmes Field side will open with Circulation services. Services begin at 8 a.m. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays, and 9 a.m. on Sundays. The other floors of Langdell and Lewis (International Legal Studies) open at those times.
Here are our upcoming hours, including spring break:
Friday, March 12 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 13 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 14 9:00 a.m. – Midnight
Spring Break Hours
Monday, March 15 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 16 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday March 17 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 18 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday, March 19 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Regular Hours Resume
Saturday, March 20 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 21 9:00 a.m. – Midnight
Around the main desk of the library several boys, abandoning all discretion, flirted openly with the girls who handed out books.
- The Paper Chase by John Jay Osborn, Jr., from the section entitled Spring.
Complete library hours information can be found here.