We're looking for web developers!

About us

The Library Innovation Lab is a team of librarians, programmers, artists, and lawyers with a broad mission: to build open source tools and services, open to everyone and in the public interest, solving serious emerging problems from the unique perspective of the world's largest academic law library. We are seeking web developers to join our team.

Our tech team at full strength includes five developers and a devops engineer, working most often with Django, Vue, and Postgres.

About you

While we encourage anyone to apply, this is a particularly good fit for experienced developers who want to spend some time working in the public interest in an academic setting, with room to pursue their own priorities relating to our mission.

What we offer

Work on stuff that matters. Our core projects are about opening access to law; redefining legal casebooks and reducing their cost; and exploring cutting-edge web archival techniques to keep important links working for the next 100 years.

Build open source. All of our projects are open source and otherwise designed to maximize the public benefit of our work.

Set your own pace. We are a small, self-directed group. Pick the priorities where you see the highest impact at a pace that feels comfortable. We have real vacations and no crunch time.

Set your own research agenda. We are located at the Harvard Law School Library and share a kitchen with the Berkman Klein Center and metaLAB. Going to events, having conversations, developing your scholarly perspective, and exploring it through code are encouraged. We will specifically prioritize these things at the cost of shipping the next feature.

Have job stability and support. While we maintain the creative atmosphere and flexibility of a small innovation lab, we're backed by an established institution with strong benefits and support for employees.


We are based in a newly renovated space on the Harvard Law School campus. While you can set your own schedule for home and on-site days, the ideal candidate will benefit from regular on-site collaboration with our team and the Harvard community.


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The work and well-being of the Lab are strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We actively seek and welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities, as well as applications from researchers and practitioners from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods.