American law is a complicated area of practice. It has a lengthily history and it is dynamic and always changing. Countless law books, legal journals, and case records hold information about American Law. These publications have information that is very important to launching a successful lawsuit. Legal professionals, as well as the public, benefit from legal publications. The Harvard Law School Library consolidates the many legal publications and case records to make research easy and effective. The resources in the library may hold the key to developing a winning legal case.
The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to provide information resources and research services that will assist Harvard Law School in becoming the premier center in the world for legal scholarship and training in the twenty-first century. In 1723 Harvard University had seven volumes of common law in its Library, but no law school. Today, the Harvard Law School Library holds more than one and a half million books and manuscripts and is expanding in many new directions. The Library is adding computers, acquiring microforms, and participating in cooperative ventures. Some of these cooperative ventures include the Research Libraries Information Network and the New England Law Library Consortium, which enhance readers’ access to research materials. Generosity, vision, and good fortune have combined to build a legal facility of challenging depth and potentiality. Legal professionals, students, and the public all find the institution beneficial.
Reference Librarians do not practice law and, therefore, are not permitted to conduct legal research for patrons, provide legal advice or opinions, or read a legal authority over the phone, even if provided with a citation. Visit the Harvard Law School Library, however, and the knowledgeable librarians can assist you with your personal legal research.