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HLSL Visiting Scholar & Researcher Library Services

This guide will give visiting researchers an overview of the resources and services available at the Harvard Law School Library.


Welcome to the Harvard Law School Library

This guide will introduce you to the resources and services available to visiting scholars and researchers at the Harvard Law School Library.  

If you are interested in learning more about the process of applying to the Visiting Researcher and Visiting Scholar program, please consult the Harvard Law School's Graduate Program's Visiting Scholar and Researcher (VS/VR) webpage. 

Visiting the Harvard Law School Library

Visit our website for details on access to the Harvard Law School Library. For any questions, contact our Access Services department. 

Services & Research Tools

Research Services

Other Harvard Libraries

Computers & Printing

Research Tools

Harvard provides a number of useful tools that can be helpful as you start your research.

HOLLIS - Harvard's Library Catalog

What is HOLLIS?

HOLLIS, Harvard's library catalog includes records for millions of articles, books, journals, manuscripts, government documents, maps, microforms, music scores, sound recordings, visual materials, and data files.

Legal & Academic Research Databases

Lexis, Westlaw & BloombergLaw

Visiting researchers are not automatically given passwords to Lexis, Westlaw & BloombergLaw, but  exceptions can sometimes be made. Please contact the vendor representatives listed on the linked page to request passwords. 

We also offer on-site access to Westlaw and Bloomberg terminals. You can also access legal content via NexisUni with your Harvard Key.


Other Legal Research Databases

The Library subscribes to a number of databases on topics related to the law and other related fields.  Most are available onsite. Offsite access  usually requires a Harvard Key log in. 

Additional Harvard Databases

Researchers interested in searching across all of Harvard University's e-resources can search a more thorough list of databases across a full range of academic disciplines. Most will be available for use onsite or offsite with a current Harvard Key.

Research Guides

Research Guides & Videos

The Library maintains research guides on a wide range of legal topicsThese guides give research tips related to particular areas of the law and also provide links and citation information for a range of resources on each topic.

Getting Help

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