Law Library Calendar - Current and Upcoming Hours
The Library has Restricted Access from Saturday, December 6th until Friday, December 19th. Study space in the library is restricted to Harvard Law School students. Others with a Harvard ID should check-in at the Circulation Desk to go into the library to retrieve a book or use part of the collection.
We will also have shortened hours on December 21st, 22nd, and 23rd with the library closing at 9 p.m. each of those days.
Regular Academic Year Service Hours
• Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to midnight
• Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to midnight
• Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
• Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
24/7 Library Access
During the academic year Harvard Law School students have 24 hours a day, seven days a week access to the second floor of the Library. The Computer Classroom, Fishman Room and Lemann Lounge are all available as study space. Library services are not available except during regular service hours.
Please contact the Circulation Desk, 617-495-3455, for additional information about Library hours as well as policies for obtaining access to the Library. Note that we are open regular hours on holidays when classes are in session.
Reading and Exam Period Extended Hours & Restricted Access Policy
The Library restricts access during the Fall Term and Spring Term reading and exam periods. During this restricted access only Harvard Law School students, faculty and staff are allowed regular HUID access to the Library. All other patrons with a specific need to use or borrow materials must first check in at the Circulation Desk for access.
Regular Library Summer Hours
• Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
• Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
• Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED
Historical & Special Collections Reading Room Hours
• Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. By Appointment Only
• Saturday-Sunday: closed
Please consult Historical & Special Collections for the most current information on holiday and other closures. Special Collections materials will not be retrieved after 4:15 p.m. and all materials must be returned 15 minutes before closing.
Reference Desk Hours
• Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
• Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
• Saturday-Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Reference Desk Summer Hours
• Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Saturday-Sunday: closed
Holiday Hours Policy
The Library is open regular hours on Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day and Veterans Day. Labor Day varies.
The Library is closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day weekend, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day including the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
The Library has early closings on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day and on Christmas Eve. Library hours are reduced during the Winter Recess from Christmas Eve until the beginning of the Winter Term in January.
Image credit: Detail, Reading Room, Langdell Hall by T.G. Eliot, circa 1950, olvwork432229. Harvard Law School Library. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.