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Welcome to the Harvard Law School Library!

Halftone color print of Langdell Hall entrance and Story statue, n.d.

Halftone color print of Langdell Hall entrance and Story statue, n.d.

The Harvard Law School Library is the largest academic law library in the world and is the second largest law library after the Law Library of Congress. The library serves as an important meeting and studying space for students in addition to housing several important collections of books, papers, and other materials. For example, the Library houses a 14,000-volume international law collection from the Marquis de Olivart that had to be smuggled out by night after the deposit of gold bullion in the Marquis’s Paris bank.

As you enter the library from the main entrance off of Holmes Field, on your left is a marble statue of Joseph Story, Supreme Court Justice and HLS Professor. Story served as the first president of Mount Auburn Cemetery and in his honor the trustees of Mount Auburn commissioned a commemorative sculpture from his son William Wetmore Story.

The Law Library Circulation Desk

The Law Library Circulation Desk

As you move through the second set of doors, to your left is the Circulation Desk. This is where you can check out library materials (including popular DVDs, games, tools, computer charger cords, and, of course, books), find course materials on reserve, and sign up for group study spaces in the library.

Beyond the Circulation Desk is the Lemann Lounge, one of the Library’s three designated Collaboration Zones. It is also the designated location in the Library where food and snacks are allowed.

Proceed through the turnstiles and take the stairs or elevator to the fourth floor Reading Room.