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Harvard Law School Library welcomes guests of Harvard Law School and Harvard University departments and programs. We encourage you to contact us in advance by email or phone, 617-495-3455. Guests may also choose to contact us directly with their questions about using the Library's collections.
To obtain an access pass for a guest, a Harvard Law School or Harvard University department can do any of the following:
We are happy to set up an access pass for your guest in advance so they can stop by the Langdell Circulation Desk and pick up it up whenever the library is open. The pass is only valid at the Harvard Law School Library and provides your guest with access to the collection without borrowing privileges. Only those with a current Harvard ID are able to borrow items from the Law Library’s collection.
Please note that if your guest is a Harvard affiliated students, faculty, and staff with a current Harvard University ID they already qualify for admittance to the Law Library and borrowing privileges. A Harvard University Officer Dependent, Harvard University Spouse or Widow/er, or Research Assistant qualifies for admittance to the Law Library, and borrowing privileges, after obtaining a Special Borrower card at Harvard College Library Privileges Office, Widener Library, Room 130.
If your guest requires access to any of the Harvard College Libraries (for example, Widener or Lamont), please contact the Harvard College Library Privileges Office, Widener Library, Room 130. The hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–4:45 pm. Inquiries can be made in person, by telephone at 617-495-4166, or by email.
These databases can only be accessed by registered Harvard Law affiliates. If you have any questions regarding access to LexisNexis or Westlaw for your guest contact Langdell Reference at (617) 495-4516.
Manuscript and visual materials, along with rare books, are housed in the Library's Special Collections. For information concerning access to these materials, please visit the Special Collections page.
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