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Library catalog outage on Thursday, August 18th

This Thursday, August 18th, the Georgetown Law Library catalog (GULLiver) will undergo maintenance beginning at approximately 11:00 am and lasting up to 8 hours (until 7:00 pm). During this time you may be unable to:

  • search GULLiver,
  • access online research databases, or
  • log in to your library account.

The law library website, our research guides, OneSearch, live chat, interlibrary loan, and other web services will remain available. However, links to online databases, books, and articles may not work.

Online resources that do not rely on the catalog server—including Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw—will be unaffected.

Thank you for your patience while we perform this necessary work. Below are some tips to help you work around this disruption. Please contact us via chat, phone, or e-mail if you have any questions or need help.

Finding Books, Articles, and Databases

  • OneSearch has a massive index that includes our entire catalog.
  • WorldCat has records on items held in libraries around the world, including at Georgetown Law.
  • The Georgetown University library website is a great alternative for accessing popular databases such as HeinOnline, Proquest Congressional, and more.

Accessing Electronic Resources While On-Campus

If you are (a) on-campus during this maintenance event; (b) connected to a Georgetown Law network; and (c) not afraid to do something a bit technical, then you may be able to reach online resources provided by the library by modifying the URL used to access them.

For example, suppose you click a link to JSTOR in one of our research guides.

If the catalog is down, then this link will result in an error. However, remove “0-“ and “” and it will work again.

To repeat, this trick only works if you are on-campus and connected to the Georgetown Law network.

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.

“Well, that’s *almost* what I’m looking for…”

Have you ever looked for a book in our catalog and found a slightly promising title, but it wasn’t quite what you were looking for? If you have spent time in the stacks, you know that volumes on similar subjects are shelved together, and you can use the almost-right call number to find something more on point.

Did you know you can do that from your laptop, too? Our catalog has a “shelf browse” feature that lets you see what is nearby – here is how it works:


As you can see, the tool offers you the option of looking at it graphically or as a list. Try it the next time you are looking for books on a new topic.

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.

New Tutorial – Borrowing Materials from Non-Georgetown Libraries

While Georgetown Libraries’ resources are vast, there are times when the materials you need are held by other institutions.  The library has just added a short tutorial to help you identify and borrow these materials.

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License by leff

The library has a long and ever-growing list of tutorials to help you perform a variety of research tasks – if you need information about how to use an unfamiliar research tool or search for a new type of resource, consult our directory of tutorials.  If you would like to see a new tutorial on a topic, please just let us know.

Tutorial on Borrowing Books from Lauinger

Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library

Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library

Do you need a book that’s not in our library? Is it available on main campus? You can check Lauinger’s catalog and it’s really very simple to borrow books from the undergraduate library!  Now, a new tutorial  demonstrates the quick process.

These books will be delivered to the circulation desks at either the Williams or Wolff libraries, based on your selection and an e-mail will be sent advising you of their availability for check-out.

This process works for the majority of books in Georgetown’s Bioethics library also.

If you have any questions about this procedure, feel free to contact a reference librarian.

New Tutorials Demonstrate Catalog Searching

Over the summer, Liz Schiller, an intern from the Catholic University’s School of Library and Information Science and a 2013 graduate of Georgetown Law, updated two of the library’s tutorials on searching the library’s catalog.

Searching Gulliver demonstrates how to search our classic Gulliver catalog for books and electronic resources. Searching Gulliver Discovery focuses on our integrated discovery catalog and shows library users how to retrieve articles, in addition to the books and electronic resources. Gulliver Discovery integrates HeinOnline, Academic Search Premier and LexisAcademic when you search and displays articles that match your search criteria!

Library Catalog Unavailable Thursday May 23

On Thursday, May 23, our library catalog vendor will perform a major upgrade to the system that runs GULLiver and GULLiver Discovery, our library catalog systems. During this time, off-campus access to databases will probably not work.  The outage is expected to last from 8am to 8pm on Thursday, May 23. Updates posted here.

These services will be unavailable: 

  • Online catalog
  • Remote database access
  • Paging books within the library

These services will remain uninterrupted: 

Sources for finding books while the catalog is offline: 

We will post updates to our Twitter account as well as on this page on our site.