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Take a Study Break

Burned out on studying for exams or writing that paper? Need a break to recharge? This guide makes suggestions of library and web resources for fun study breaks.



Everyone needs a break sometimes and this guide is your one-stop place to find the perfect relaxing activity for when you just have to take some time away from your exam studying/paper writing/bar prep. Whether you are new in the area or just not sure what the library has to offer for recreation, this is the guide for you!

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Thank you to Meg Kribble for creating the initial version of this guide.

Get Away For The Day

Borrow a Bike

Borrow a Car

Go For A Run

If you're a runner, you likely know that taking a nice run is a great way to clear your head. Make your run more fun with these tools.

Free Local Attractions

If you're looking for something fun to do around town, consider these free local attractions.

Mobile Apps to Help You Plan An Outing

Get away from your desk with these apps that will help you get fit, see Boston or take a trip.

Watch a Movie

Coming Soon at the Brattle Theater!

Located right here in Harvard Square since 1953, the Brattle Theatre is a great place to find the best movies whether they are award-winners, classics, foreign films or independent movies. They also frequently host special events. You can see some of their upcoming events listed below. Check out their full calendar for more upcoming events!

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Check out the Harvard Film Archive

The Harvard Film Archive’s cinematheque presents films Friday through Monday nights year round. Open to the public, all screenings are held in the Archive's 200-seat theater featuring state-of-the-art film and digital projection located in the historic Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Regular HFA screenings are free to all Harvard students with student ID!

The HFA frequently runs series dedicated to directors, actors, genres, and regions, and frequently hosts talks with filmmakers and actors.

Video streaming services at Harvard

Harvard's collection includes a number of streaming video services. Here are highlights covering film and the performing arts.

Find something else to stream

Find a DVD at the Law School

Did you know that the Law School has a collection of popular films on DVD? Housed in the Lemann Lounge, all DVDs in this collection circulate for 7 days. You can find the full list from HOLLIS here.

Find a Fun Read

How About Some Legal Fiction?

Want to read read fiction but feel guilty taking time away from the law? Why not try one of these books that combine the best of both worlds? Whether you like classic, science fiction, thrillers or comedy, this list will have something for you!

Did you know?

Lamont Library has an entire collection of popular fiction and other leisure reading materials in their Farnsworth Room on the 3rd floor of the Library. 

Photo of Lamont by arcticpenguin

Photo by arcticpenguin. CC by NC 2.0

Read a Blog

Legal Geeks

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A fun blog for anyone who ever wondered about the legal implications of geeky topics from Star Trek to Dr. Who.

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Lowering the Bar

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A legal humor blog run by a partner at the San Francisco office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon.

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Law and the Multiverse

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The subtitle says it all: "Superheroes, supervillains and the law." Also check out their book, The Law of Superheroes.

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Play a Game

Check Out Chess

Did you know that the Library has several chess tables, complete with pieces in their drawers) on the third floor of the library? Whether you are a chess master or a complete novice, take a break with a quick game any time the library is open.


Games, Games, Games

If chess isn't your favorite game, head to the Microforms Room on the second floor for our selection of table top games. Our collection was recently expanded by popular vote and includes:

Shelf of games in microforms room


Taboo Time's Up
Scrabble (with dictionary!)    Go
Cards Against Humanity  Cranium   
Life Risk
Bananagrams    Twister
Carcasonne Playing Cards            
Passing the Bar       Ticket to Ride
Trivial Pursuit Apples to Apples
Settlers of Catan    Seafarers of Cataan


If you'd rather take a game home for the evening "check out" our collection of circulating table top games and outdoor equipment. You can see the full list below. Just ask at Circulation if you want to check any of them out.

Circulating games

Settlers of Catan       Jenga  
Bananagrams         Cranium
Scrabble         Monopoly
Poker         Croquet
Football       Soccer
Bocce       Wiffle Ball



Improve Your Wellness and Mindfulness

Live Well @ HLS

Those looking for health and wellness support need look no further than Live Well @HLS. They provide everything from relaxation exercises to chair massages to cooking classes over the course of the entire year.

Counseling and Mental Health Services

Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) offers Harvard students comprehensive outpatient care for a wide variety of mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression, stress/crisis management, transitional issues, grief, and eating, sexual or relationship concerns.

CAMHS is available via urgent care as well as regular appointments. And did you know? The HLS HUHS clinic has a licensed social worker with a JD on staff!

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