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Guide for New HLS students

Use this guide to get oriented to your new library.


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.

Register your Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and Westlaw accounts

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 to retrieve your registration codes.

You may use the same username for all three systems if you wish and if they are available.

Get started on Bloomberg, Lexis, & Westlaw

Get started on Bloomberg, Lexis, & Westlaw

Tour your library

Do you know...

  • what the ten-minute rule is?
  • where to get research help?
  • where to pick up and check out books?
  • how to get a laptop charger when you've left yours at home?

Take a tour of the HLS Library and you will learn the answers to all these questions and more!

Virtual Tour

You can also see some highlights of your Library via our 2020 virtual Harvard Law School Library tour. 

Using the Library

Have specific questions about the Library and our services? 

Find books and articles

The HOLLIS catalog is the main way of finding materials at the HLS Library and other libraries at Harvard.

Research and study guides

HLS librarians have prepared a number of research guides & videos 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.

Guides for 1Ls

Guides for LLM and SJD students

Online Study Guides

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Getting Help

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