The New England Law | Boston Law Library is a place for students to study—together or alone, research the next important paper or brief, or just relax with headphones.
Our collection includes a large variety of legal research and reference materials, printed and electronic, that law students, lawyers, and legal academics use on a regular basis. Students find places in our collaboration rooms and quiet study spaces that suit their learning needs. They seek out the special collections on topics like academic support and women and the law. The librarians are known for their helpfulness and provide a wide array of services to faculty, students, and staff. Find out more about these services below.
Our library is open year-round to serve the various needs of our students. Please note that holidays and breaks may affect library hours.
Portia: Our Online Catalog
Our online catalog, Portia, links to an extensive print and electronic collection.
Looking for something else? Explore our full list of databases.
The New England Law | Boston Law Library is open to all current students, alumni, faculty, and staff of the law school. The law library is also open to other area law students and has a reciprocal arrangement with Tufts Health Sciences Library for interdisciplinary research.
The library is not open to the general public. Active attorneys can use the library upon presentation of a valid bar card. For the benefit of our students, only New England Law affiliates are allowed to use the library during reading and exam periods.
Ask Our Reference Librarians
We offer the most hours of reference services per week of all the Boston-area law schools! Our reference librarians are available during the following times:
Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
New England Law maintains extensive archives about the history of the school, especially its beginnings as Portia Law School, the first law school exclusively for women. These archives also include oral histories about Portia and a history of women in the law profession.
Legal Research Resources
Our LibGuides are a good starting point for any of your research. We invite you to explore our full list of academic resources and research guides.
Browse New England Law Library’s latest acquisitions by topic.