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Extended Library Hours and Access Restrictions During Exams

Georgetown Law Library reading and exam period will be in effect Monday November 28th and run through Saturday December 17th.

During the reading and exam period, both the Williams and Wolff Library will remain open 24 hours. 

For the benefit of Georgetown students studying for exams, only Georgetown University students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the Friends of the Library program and public patron card holders will be admitted through the end of exams. Students from other law schools will not be admitted during this time.

Details about Circulation Desk and Reference Desk availability can be found on our Library Hours Calendar.

Preparing for Exams

As you begin to prepare for exams, supplement your assigned readings and review of past exams with study aids found in the library. Study aids can clarify confusing concepts and even provide practice questions for your review. A variety of study aids are available and the best one to use depends on your course and individual study habits. Most of these books can be found in the Williams Reading Room Reserve, with older editions in the stacks available for checkout.

CALI lessons are another useful exam review option. Over 800 interactive lessons prepared by law professors and librarians cover over 30 practice areas of law. Georgetown students can register for immediate online access.

Good luck with your studies!

Scholar Studies available for exam prep

From November 28 through December 17, unassigned Scholar Studies will be available for reservation in addition to our usual 21 group study rooms. Scholar Studies are smaller spaces that accommodate a limited number of students, 2 at maximum. These studies will require only one Law NetID and can be reserved up to 5 hours a day.  Starting November 21 there will be a link on the Group Study Room reservation page to reserve these study spaces.

Group study rooms

A reminder tGroupSR_Williams_122A-chat if you have a study group of 3 or more people, you can reserve a group study room for up to three hours. The booking system gives you details on the features and capacities of the various rooms in case you need extra amenities such as a white board or Apple TV interface. If you have not used the group study room reservation system before, you can find out how here.

Banned Books Week

The end of September brings us Banned Books week, dedicated to celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of free speech.   To learn more about this topic, visit the American Library Association’s online resources on banned and challenged books.

The most frequently banned books are works of fiction. While the Georgetown University Law Center’s two library locations are mostly dedicated to nonfiction, we do have a small collection of popular reading materials, located on your right as you walk from the Reading Room to the Loewinger Lounge in the Williams Library. If you are in need of some pleasure reading, feel free to check it out.

Carpeting update

The carpeting in the library continues apace. In fact, work on the fourth and fifth floors is now complete. Carpeting is ongoing in the Reading Room which is now closed to patrons:

Reading room 2

Reading room 2

If you need to utilize the resources of Special Collections, please contact them directly via phone at 202-661-9133 or specl@law.georgetown.edu.

So…what happened to the books?

Carpeting a library is a complicated process. You have to move the books out of the way in order to lay the carpet, then move them back again. But because the move is so temporary, it’s not a matter of taking the books off the shelf, boxing them up, and then putting them back on the shelves when the carpet is down.

In fact, the shelves need to move too.

So what does a library do? Hire a specialized moving company. Watch below as the team from our library movers transports a full row of shelves from where it had rested out of the way of the new carpet installation back into place in the stacks.

Why new carpet?

If you’re not in the habit of looking down, you may have wondered why we are installing new carpet in the stacks at the Williams Library. The images below show the dramatic change that the new carpeting makes in just one day (this is one small area of the library–carpet installation is ongoing through July 3, per this previous post).

If you need something that is in an area that is currently closed due to carpet installation, please visit the Circulation Desk for assistance.

carpet_before_after

Carpet installation in the Williams Library

Starting June 13th and concluding July 3rd carpet will be installed in Williams Library.  During the installation, various floors and or sections of the library will be closed entirely while the old carpet is removed and the new carpet is installed. The rest of the library will remain open as usual. The work will take place from 8:00am to around Midnight, 7 days a week.

If you require materials from stack areas that are closed, the library staff will retrieve them for your use. Please visit the Williams Circulation Desk for information on obtaining materials. While every effort will be made to mitigate the impact, there will be increased noise levels and the potential for fumes from the application of adhesive and the new carpet itself.

Please note that the Wolff Library is not having carpet installed and will be open as usual during this process.

For more information please contact Joe Thomas (jtw48@law.georgetown.edu or by phone 202-662-9162)  or Craig Lelansky (cdl3@law.georgetown.edu or by phone 202-662-9155), or visit the Circulation Desk at Williams Library.