Library Hours and Access • Et. Seq: The Harvard Law School Library Blog

Restricted Access Dec. 5 – 20

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.

Library Closed on Monday, July 5

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 [1790] 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.

Summer Hours 2010

Here is a summary of the summer hours at Harvard Law School Library:

May 2010
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 Spring 2010

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.

Spring Break Hours

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

Spring Quote

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.

24 Hour / 7 Days a Week Library Access

The students asked, and we have listened. The ground floor of the library will be 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.

In our recent survey many of you asked if the library could have longer hours. To better accommodate your study needs, we have made the ground floor (also known as the 2nd floor or entrance level) accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week 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 and all 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.

The new hours went into effect Sunday, January 17th and end on May 14th. Thank you for filling out our survey, and all your suggestions since then. Good luck with the spring semester!

Restricted Access Jan 17 – Jan 23

Restricted Access – January 17 – January 23, 2010.

During the fall/winter terms, Restricted Access is November 29 – December 18, 2009, and January 17 – January 23, 2010.

The library extends hours but 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.

Closed Weekends at End of May

The library will be closed on the following days:

Saturday, May 23
Sunday, May 24
Monday, May 25, Memorial Day
Saturday, May 30
Sunday, May 31

During the Recess Hours, May 18 – May 31, Langdell Hall is open Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. International Legal Studies (ILS) is open Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Restricted Access April 26 – May 15

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.

For Earth Hour Library Closing Early on Sat, March 28

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.

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