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Library Services for HLS Alumni

Library access, links and database information for HLS alums



Welcome HLS Alumni! 

Here you will find ways that you can continue to engage with the Harvard Library and our resources.

Congratulations Graduates!

Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Access

Preserve your Student Leadership and Experience with HSC!

Were you involved in a student organization during your time at HLS? Did you keep a diary about law school life or take great notes in class? Learn about donating material to enrich our collection of student-created material, as well as tips for preserving student organization records and doing research in our guide.

If you have any questions or would like a consultation with an Archivist, please send an email to

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Visit HLSL

Visiting the HLS Library

All HLS Alumni can get entry to the Harvard Law School Library. Stop by the Circulation Desk by the main entrance to sign up for an alumni access card.  

Questions? Contact or visit us online.

Visit us Online

Miss Cambridge? Take a virtual tour of the Law Library and explore our latest online exhibits!

Alumni Database Access

Off-site Access to Databases

The Harvard Law School Library is pleased to announce that Hein Online's Law Journal Library is now available to all Harvard alums. 

The Harvard Library has launched a pilot program offering select electronic resources to alumni

In addition to HeinOnline, other available databases include JStorABI/Inform, AMA Journals and Project MuseMore titles and databases will be added over time, so check back periodically for updates. 

Bookmark these pages for your alumni access:

Access to alumni resources is via the Harvard Key system. Claim your Harvard Key:

About the HeinOnline Law Journal Library

HeinOnline's Law Journal Library contains more than 1,800 law and law-related periodicals.

  • Coverage is from the first issue published for all periodicals and goes through the most-currently published issues allowed based on contracts with publishers.
  • Search by article title, author, subject, state or country published, full text, and narrow by date.

On-site Access to Databases

On-site, you will be able to use to most of the databases that are available to the Harvard Law School community.  We also have a Westlaw terminal and a Bloomberg terminal in the reference room on the 4th floor of the Library.

Research a Topic

Find it Fast

Find Books and Articles

Start your Search

HOLLIS and Google will help identify books and articles for your research.

On campus, you will have full-database access and in-library access to our print collection. 

Online articles may also be available via your alumni access. Try the databases linked above under Alumni Database Access

For books, use Worldcat to locate books in a library near you.


Start your search for books and articles in HOLLIS+ or search for books in HOLLIS Classic, which may be more familiar to you.

HOLLIS Classic

Google it!

Use Google Scholar and Google Books to search for resources. Begin your search below.

Google Scholar

Google Books

Free & Alternate Legal Resources

Free Legal Resource Guide

These resources can be a great way to get started with your research when you don't have access to paid databases or if you want to get an overview of a topic before getting started with potentially expensive searches. 

This guide links to several selected free online for state and federal primary law, treaties, foreign & international law, legal secondary sources and data sources.

Alternate Legal Resources

In addition to Bloomberg, LexisNexis, and Westlaw, there are several other legal databases and resources that you can use in your research.  This guide explores the content, features and subscriptions of several including Casemaker, Casetext, Fastcase, LoisLaw, PLC, National Law Library, Ravel and VersusLaw.

Manage your Research

Your Research After Graduation

Did you use a citation management tool like Zotero, EndNote, or Mendeley to manage your research? You may be able to keep or transfer your citations for use after graduation. 


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