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Access to the New England Law Library

The library is open to New England Law | Boston students, faculty, staff, and alumni; local law students; active members of the Massachusetts Bar; Tufts Health and Sciences faculty, students, and staff; and New England Law Library Permit holders.

Current students and Alumni must bring their valid school ID with them in order to access the library through the turnstiles. Other qualified users must present proper identification to security and sign the visitor's log prior to entering the library. Except during the reading and exam period, a current New England Law student may bring one guest into the library on an occasional basis.  Guests must sign the visitor's log.  If you have special needs and require assistance, please see a Librarian or Desk Assistant.

Access is restricted during New England's reading and exam period. Only students, faculty, staff and alumni may use the library at this time.

Access to the Law Library's electronic databases may be limited to current students, faculty, and staff due to licensing restrictions.  For more information on specific databases, see our Databases A-Z page.

Access to Boston Public Library

Access to Boston Public Libraries

The Boston Public Library is, as the name implies, open to all.

Of particular interest to law students is the fact that it is both a Government Depository Library and a United Nations Depository Library.

Many of the BPL's databases are accessible via our database list; other databases are available to those students with a BPL library card.  Massachusetts residents can get an e-card online, allowing them access to many of the BPL databases.

Local & NELLCO Law Libraries: All You Need to Know Before You Visit

Boston College Law School Library

885 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459
Hours: 8am-Midnight, M-Th; 8am-10pm, F; 9am-10pm, Sat; 10am-midnight, Sun.
Circulation Desk: (617) 552-4434

NEL students have library access with their ID for study and research purposes except during reading and exam periods.

Boston University - Pappas Law Library

765 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Hours: 8am-11:30pm, M-Th; 8am-10pm, F; 9am-9pm, Sat; 10am-11:30pm, Sun. (Annex hours are different.)
Phone: (617) 353-3151

NEL students have access to the library for specific research projects that require materials in the Pappas collection, except during reading and exam periods (at which time please see a NEL reference librarian if you need access to a unique item in the collection). Be sure to bring a NEL ID. Students will have to sign in the visitor's register at the circulation desk and indicate the purpose of their research.

Harvard Law School Library

1545 Massachusetts Ave. (Langdell Hall)
Cambridge, MA 02138
Hours: 8:30am-midnight, M-Th; 8:30am-9pm, F, Sat.; noon-midnight, Sun.
Phone: (617) 495-3174

NEL students must present a NEL ID and a letter from a reference librarian stating that they are conducting research unique to the Harvard Law Library Collection. There is limited access during exam periods.

Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

2 Center Plaza, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02108 (mailing address)
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, M-F
Administrative Office Phone: (800) 572-5027 x338

For more information, including locations of the various courts, see the Trial Court webpage.

All 17 Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries (located in Barnstable, Brockton, Cambridge, Dedham, Fall River, Fitchburg, Greenfield, Lawrence, Lowell, Norwood, New Bedford, Northampton, Pittsfield, Plymoth, Salem, Springfield, Taunton, Worcester) are open to the public without restrictions.

Northeastern University School of Law Library

400 Huntington Library 300 KN
Boston, MA 02115
Hours: 7:30am-10pm, M-Th; 7:30am-9pm, F; 9am-5pm, Sat.; 2pm-10pm, Sun.
Circulation Desk: (617) 373-3332

NEL students have free library access with their student ID.

Social Law Library

1200 Court House
Boston, MA 02108
NOTE: The Social Law Library is on the 12th floor of the New Suffolk County Court House.
Hours: 8am-8pm, M-F
Phone: (617) 523-0018

NEL students will be allowed limited access with a NEL ID and a letter from a reference librarian identifying their specific need, times and dates. For interlibrary loans, please see the New England Law Library interlibrary loan staff.

Suffolk University Law School

120 Tremont St., 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Hours: 8am-11pm, M-F; 9am-11pm, Sat. and Sun.

NOTE: Any changes in hours will be posted on the library door, in the online catalog and on the library web site. Reserve/Circulation Desk: (617) 573-8177.  NEL students need to bring a NEL ID and a letter from a reference librarian specifying the materials that they need. Because of space concerns, Suffolk cannot allow use of their computer terminals to non-Suffolk law students.

Access to Tufts Health Sciences Library

A valuable resource-sharing partnership has been forged between New England Law library and the library associated with Tufts medical, dental and veterinary schools. Current students, faculty and staff of each institution have on-site access to each other's collections, which in the case of Tufts means an extensive medical journal collection and a reference collection of basic works, including such things as medical dictionaries, general textbooks, and narrowly subject-specific monographs.

The Tufts Health Sciences Library is located in the Arthur M. Sackler Center for Health Communications at 145 Harrison Ave., approximately two blocks from New England Law.  See the map below.