Welcome, new and returning HLS students! Whether you are JD, LLM, SJD, or transfer students, the HLS Library is here to support all your research and information needs.
Use this guide to check off some must-do items and get acquainted with your new library. We look forward to working with you.
All information is subject to the Harvard Law School's policies for a safe return to campus. Check the 2021 Return to Campus page for current updates.
If you only do one thing on this list, do this: register for your legal research database accounts. You won't be able to complete your Legal Research & Writing course assignments without them!
You should have received an email with registration instructions for Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law. If you did not, please contact Research Services at http://asklib.law.harvard.edu to retrieve your registration codes.
You may use the same username for all three systems if you wish and if they are available.
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Take a tour of the HLS Library and you will learn the answers to all these questions and more!
You can also see some highlights of your Library via our 2020 virtual Harvard Law School Library tour.
Have specific questions about the Library and our services?
The HOLLIS catalog is the main way of finding materials at the HLS Library and other libraries at Harvard.
HLS librarians have prepared a number of research and study guides for HLS students. Our guides cover a diverse range of subjects from topical and jurisdictional legal research to finding and using secondary sources to finding paper topics and publishing your work to tips on taking study breaks and finding exam prep resources.
Below is a selection of guides that should be of interest to 1Ls and LLM students.
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