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Outside construction update – main doors

The waterproofing work going on outside at the front of the library has a schedule change.  Rather than partially blocking off entrance doors for weeks at a time, all of the work at the main entrance will be done during the upcoming few days:

  • Friday, Sep. 22: the doorway on the east side (closest to New Jersey Ave) of the main entrance will be blocked for the day.  Other entrances will be available;
  • Saturday, Sep. 23:  the doorway in the middle of the main entrance will be blocked for the day.  Other entrances will be available;
  • Monday, Sep. 25: the doorway on the west side (closest to 2nd Street) of the main entrance will be blocked for the day.  Other entrances will be available.

Please also be aware that the trees from the planter on the east patio in front of the library will be removed Sat. morning, Sept. 23 – there may be some chain saw noise from about 8:00 a.m. for an hour or so

Check out some portable power

The library has available for circulation several portable power packs.  If you will be sitting someplace without power and you need to charge your laptop, pad, or phone, one of these chargers will allow you to run or charge your device.  

Please see the staff at the Circulation Desk for this and other “cool stuff” – including phone and laptop charging cords – which you can check out for your use.

Changes in the Library

Welcome back!  The library is here to serve your research needs and to provide you with a place to study.  We are undergoing some changes which may create a few inconveniences this semester, but we look forward to serving you in an improved space when all the work is complete.  While spaces for relocating library staff are being built, some study rooms have been taken offline, but these – and some new ones on the 5th floor — will be freed up as soon as staff are able to move.

The services and collections of the John Wolff Comparative and International Library have been reintegrated into the Edward Bennett Williams Library so that all of our collections are now under one roof.  Wolff will no longer be a location for checking out books or retrieving requested books.  All of that will now take place at the Williams Circulation Desk. All reference desk services have also moved over to the Williams Library, and we now offer a single desk for domestic and international reference questions.  However, the contact information for reaching the foreign and international librarians remains active, so if you  call 202-662-4195  or email for assistance on foreign, comparative, or international law research, you will continue to receive responses.

For all other library services, come to the Circulation Desk at Williams or call 202-662-9131 or email You can also request Reference services by emailing the reference  desk at, call 202-662-9140, or Chat With A Librarian.

By the end of this week, the third floor of Hotung will offer 24/7 study space where the Wolff shelves have been removed.  That space also includes printing facilities. Study rooms in this area will open up later this semester, once staff have been able to move.

Wolff Changes

The Wolff Library will be unstaffed starting Sunday, July 9, 2017.  The study spaces on the 3rd and 4th floors of Hotung in the Wolff space will remain available until mid-August, when construction is scheduled to begin.  Once shelving is removed from the 3rd floor of Hotung, all student seating will be moved onto this area, and this study space will remain available throughout construction.  

For library services, come to the E.B. Williams Circulation Desk or call 202-662-9131 or email You can also request Reference services by emailing the Williams desk at, call 202-662-9140, or Chat With A Librarian.

After climbing to the 5th floor of Williams Library, you may need to replenish your water supply.   Use one of the new hydration stations recently installed.  Thanks to our great tFile_000eam in Facilities, we now have 2 new hydration stations on the 5th floor of Williams. They have both the bottle filling and regular drinking fountain features.  The fountains on the 5th floor were first on our list because plumbing problems necessitated their repair.  Other drinking fountains, in both Williams, and Wolff, will continue to be replaced/installed as funds become available. ​