You interact with reference librarians at the Reference desk when you have a question, but do you know their names? We’ve put up a display in the atrium exhibit case with info on all of the librarians who staff the Reference Desk. Find out who has a dog named George or a cat named Kittredge Harrington III! Who practiced law in Chicago before becoming a librarian? Who’s traveled to Norway or France? Check out the exhibit and meet your librarians!!
We hope you’ve noticed that all of the new hydration stations are complete and we now have at least one on each floor. On the first floor, you will find one just outside of Legal Eats, while the second floor is on the right side of the Reading Room. Each of the other floors have a hydration station in the atrium now, so you can refill your water bottles where ever you are.
The library maintains a small collection of children’s books which can be found in the Loewinger Lounge on the left hand side of the Reading Room. We have books for preschoolers and some primary grade books, as well. Feel free to take a book home to your child or if you bring them on campus, feel free to share a book with them in the Loewinger Lounge.
Each spring, the Law Library conducts a survey of our students. In 2017, 276 students responded to our survey, and we published summary charts of the responses back in April. Now we’re publishing a survey response, to show examples of changes to library facilities, content and services guided by the useful student input.
We have published the 2017 Law Library Survey Response, where you can see highlights of new hydration stations, new Xerox printers which may also be used for copying, scanning and faxing, the installation of white sound machines in group study rooms, and a new research guide on the history of civil rights in the United States.
We appreciate student input. Throughout the year, you are encouraged to send comments and suggestions through our suggestion page, and please keep an eye out for our next annual survey in
To commemorate the importance of the U.S. Constitution, P.L. 108-447 added “Constitution Day” to the law and mandated ” the civil and educational authorities of States, counties, cities, and towns are urged to make plans for the proper observance of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day and for the complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities and opportunities as citizens of the United States and of the State and locality in which they reside.”
Learn more about the history of Constitution Day by reviewing our Research Guide and checking out the display in the Robert Oakley Reading Room.
You can also download an interactive Constitution app from the National Constitution Center.
We have concluded the 2017 Annual Student Survey for the Georgetown Law Library.
This year, 276 students responded. Thank you. We appreciate all feedback.
Here’s a quick overview of the representation of student responses:
All students who completed the survey were eligible for a prize drawing. Congratulations to our four student winners: Gary Dreyzin (JD ’18), Cody Moshe Kermanian (JD ’18), Alexandra Katherine Rose (JD ’19), and another law student (JD ’19). Each student received either a $50 deposit to his or her GoCard account or a $50 Amazon gift card.
Thank you to all 276 students for participating in this year’s survey. We’ve already started reviewing responses, and we’ll use this input to inform decisions about services and resources. You can view 2017 quantitative charts and a response summary on our website.
Here’s an overview of the reasons students visit our library:
The second-most frequent reason listed is to study in a group study room. The library will once again provide additional group study rooms during the exam period. From April 24 through May 15, 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. Go to the Group Study Room reservation page to reserve these study spaces.
We will publish a summary response at a later date. Students and others are encouraged to give us feedback at any time.
The Law Library is conducting its annual survey on our collections and services. Please take about a few minutes to give us your feedback.
We promise to read every comment submitted, and we’ll do what we can to act on and respond. Based on feedback in prior years, we added more filtered water stations, purchased additional book scanners, opened a self-service café in the Williams Library, added adjustable standing desks, and released the OneSearch platform which searches the library’s print as well as many of the electronic resources at the same time from one central location.
For the Spring 2017 Georgetown Law Library Survey, we will award four prizes of $50 which will be added to a Georgetown GoCard or given in the form of an Amazon gift card, depending on each winner’s preference. After completing the survey, you’ll have a chance to submit your email address for the drawing. We will keep the survey open through Monday, March 27th and plan to announce student winners soon after this.
You can review a summary of survey responses from 2007 to 2016 on our website.
Georgetown’s Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellowship Program (LAWA) is featured in the March 2017 Women’s History Month issue of the Washington Lawyer. The article appears on pages 36-37 of the issue, and features writeups on each of the current fellows.
This year, Inauguration Day will take place on Friday, January 20th. The Law Center — including the Law Library — will be closed. The Law Library reference desks in Wolff and Williams will close at 5pm the day before (Thursday, January 19th). Regular hours will resume Saturday, January 21st.
The details of the secure zone have not yet been released. In previous years, the zone has covered about 1.5 miles from K Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW on the north to Independence Avenue NE & NW on the south, and 2nd Street NE on the east to 23rd Street NW on the west. To be allowed into this area you must have and show current Law Center identification at security checkpoints.
For newcomers to DC, this Guide to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration provides some information about additional closures (e.g., Metro stations). Many locals will be staying home to avoid the commotion, which is expected to continue at least until the next day when the Women’s March on Washington will take place.