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Library Water Shut Off Overnight on Monday & Tuesday

Construction activities related to Capitol Crossing require the city water department to shut off water to the Williams library building from 8:00 p.m.  to 5 a.m. on Monday (11/20) and Tuesday (11/21).  

There will be no access to restroom facilities or water fountains during that time in the library

Water will be working in all other campus buildings during this water shut down.

Farewell to the Dengrove Courtroom Sketches

A sketch depicting a scene from the Son of Sam trial

Son of Sam Trial

Students returning to campus this fall may wonder what happened to the intriguing courtroom sketches that were on display in the Georgetown Law Library. Their creator, Ida Libby Dengrove, drew some of the most memorable trials of the late twentieth century.

The Dengrove exhibit was provided on loan from the University of Virginia Law Library, and its time with us has come to an end. However, you can still view the collection on the UVA Law Library website and learn more about the events the sketches depict.

Now on display in the the Williams third floor atrium are landscape photos taken by library staff. We hope you enjoy them, and please let us know if you have any feedback of suggestions for future exhibits.

More Library Study Spaces Available During Exams

This could be you

This could be you

The library has a number of scholar studies that are normally reserved for use by visiting scholars or others who need a small office. From December 1-19, unassigned scholar studies are available to Georgetown Law students studying for exams in addition to our usual 21 group study rooms.

Scholar studies are smaller spaces that accommodate two students, maximum. These studies require only one NetID and may be reserved up to 5 hours a day.

Follow this link to reserve a scholar study. Information about the scholar studies, while they are available, is on the group study room reservation page.

We hope you find this helpful! Best of luck on exams. Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.

Announcing OneSearch

Library home page, featuring OneSearch

Click the second tab in the search box on the library website to quickly access OneSearch

The Georgetown Law Library is pleased to introduce OneSearch. OneSearch is a tool for discovering articles, books, databases, and other resources from many different places. It uses a massive search index that dives deep into our catalog, subscription databases, and other Georgetown libraries.

OneSearch also has built-in tools to help you navigate this vast array of resources. “Best bets” and database recommendations steer you to popular resources. Facets let you refine your search. And OneSearch has numerous features to improve usability, such as auto-completion when you are entering search terms, spelling correction, and a responsive design for mobile device compatibility.

For now OneSearch is in “beta” release. All its features are in place, and we have gotten it as ready for you as we can. Now we need you to use it and let us know how it goes. Please use the feedback link in OneSearch to report any issues, send an e-mail to, or report your comments to any librarian. Also, stay tuned to Due Process and your student e-mail account for opportunities to participate in user testing of OneSearch and other library systems.

JSTOR Problems

UPDATE: JSTOR should be working again. Please let us know if you encounter further problems.

The JSTOR database platform is having technical trouble. Since yesterday, access to content has been intermittent at best. JSTOR is working on the issue. Stay tuned for further updates.

In the meantime, please contact the reference desk if you would like help finding what you need from other sources.

U.S. Research

Williams Reference Desk

Foreign & International Research

Wolff Reference Desk

New Group Study Room Reservation System

The library is pleased to announce an upgrade to our group study room reservation system. Starting Monday March 23, for members of the Law Center community to reserve a room for Monday, March 30 or later, please go to:

The new system has some great features:

One important limitation is that the new system will not automatically notify everyone in your group. So if you make a reservation, please remember to forward the confirmation e-mail.

For reservation dates prior to March 30, please continue to use the old system.

We hope you like this upgrade. Please fill out our suggestion form if you have any feedback.

Update, 3/25/2015:

Check out this two-minute video to quickly learn how to use the new reservation system.

Can’t Find It in the Library? Map It!

There’s an old joke about an out-of-town traveler who got lost in the back woods of Maine. The frustrated traveler noticed a farmer at work by the road and pulled over to ask for directions. The farmer pondered for a moment, then slowly shook his head and said, “Well, you can’t get there from here.”

This is an all-too familiar scenario for Georgetown Law students who have gone hunting for books in remote corners of our two library locations. The library has over half a million print volumes spread out over 100,000 feet of shelves across seven floors and two buildings. Locating a book by its call number can be a challenge for even the most dedicated library dweller.

Our new Map It service, however, allows you to pinpoint a book’s location straight from the catalog. Look for the Map It Beta link below the call number when you’re viewing an item.

Catalog record with Map It button

The gray button will show the precise location for the item. Click it to highlight the shelf on the map for that floor.

Shelf highlighted on library map

Shelf information window

Tip: Click on a shelf to view its call numbers and subject information, if available

The Map It option is available for most of the library’s books, but don’t worry if it doesn’t appear. The system may have had trouble reading the call number and matching it to a shelf. You are always welcome to ask for directions at the circulation or reference desks. (Library staff are much more helpful than the legendary Maine farmer.)

Finally, please note that we’re beta testing the Map It service. We think it’s useful, which is why we’re sharing it now. But there may be some kinks to work out. Please let us know if you run into any problems or if you have any questions. There’s a feedback form below every map, and you can also submit comments via our online suggestion box.

Library Hours and Access Restrictions During Exams

Studying in the Wolff LibraryThe Georgetown Law Library reading and exam period is in effect Monday April 21 through Wednesday May 13. During this time, only Georgetown University students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the Friends of the Library program, and public patron card holders are admitted.

The Williams Library is now open 24 hours a day through the end of exams. The Wolff Library will also be open around the clock starting on April 28 through the end of exams.

The complete schedule for both libraries as well as circulation and reference services may be found on our Library Hours Calendar.