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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.

Extended Library Hours and Access Restrictions During Exams

As we approach the Spring Exam period, Georgetown Law Library’s limited public access program will be in effect Monday, April 25th  through Tuesday, May 17th.

During the exam period, both the Williams and Wolff Libraries 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 the exam period.

Details about Circulation Desk and Reference Desk availability is on our Library Hours Calendar and he hours for today are always current on the Library’s Home Page.

ProQuest databases unavailability Saturday, March 12 10 PM EDT

On Saturday March 12, 2016, ProQuest will be installing critical firmware updates to its systems infrastructure. The window is scheduled to begin at 10:00 PM EDT and will last for eight (8) hours.

During this time, access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available:

  • ProQuest platform databases (search.proquest.com)
  • ProQuest Congressional
  • ProQuest Dialog
  • ProQuest Archiver
  • Dissertations Express
  • PQDT Open
  • ProQuest ETD Administrator
  • Digital Sanborn Maps
  • RefWorks
  • Pivot
  • Books in Print
  • ProQuest Syndetic Solutions

Users attempting to access these products during the downtime will be re-directed to a web page explaining the scheduled maintenance.

Thank you for your patience; we apologize for this inconvenience.

Library Hours During Spring Break

Williams and Wolff library buildings will remain open the normal spring semester hours.  The reference and circulation desks will be open on a limited schedule over Spring Break (March 4 – March 12). In addition, on Monday, March 7 the Williams library will close early (at 8:00 p.m.) for air system work.

Please consult the calendar for specifics.