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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. You can also request Reference services by emailing the reference desk at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 email@example.com. You can also request Reference services by emailing the Williams desk at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 202-662-9140, or Chat With A Librarian.
Due to office moves in the Williams Library, interlibrary loan lending is suspended until Wednesday, June 21.
The library is evaluating three models of white noise machines for use in group study rooms, and your feedback is wanted.
The devices under consideration are available for use now in Williams 522A, Williams 524, and Williams 535A. Users can provide feedback via a web form for each machine. The web address for each device’s feedback form is posted on a sign next to the machine in each study room.
Based on your feedback we’ll select a model to place in more study rooms in the future.
To check out the machines, reserve one of these three rooms using our online group study room booking system. (A Georgetown Law NetID is required.)
Here’s a preview of the three machines we’re testing:
Williams 522A (marpac brand)
marpac white noise machine in EBW 522A
Williams 524 (HoMedics brand)
HoMedics white noise machine in EBW 524
Williams 535A (HemingWeigh brand)
HemingWeigh white noise machine in EBW 535A
One of the ways to check your sources in our wild and vast information landscape is through noting which sources have garnered professional peer acclaim, whether within the academy or among professionals. Your Georgetown Law Library colleagues, who have created the multidisciplinary research guide A Brief History of Civil Rights in the United States (as announced in a previous post), are proud to announce that it is the winner of the 2017 Publications Award, Nonprint Division, of the American Association of Law Libraries, our professional association. Congratulations to the authors: reference librarians Heather Casey, Kristina Alayan, Rachel Jorgensen, and Barbara Monroe.
For even more curated sources that pull together primary sources with deep context in the area of equal justice, check out the category tag for our National Equal Justice Library and across all subjects we have more expert guides crafted by many members of our team.
In the recent student survey, we received several requests for services or resources that we already offer, and we are pleased to highlight them here. If you have additional questions about any of these, please contact any of our service desks.
- Leisure reading and DVD collections can be found in the Williams Reading Room near the Loewinger Lounge. The library purchases some bestsellers and newly published novels each year to add to our Popular Reading Collection. Students may also request books from the main campus’ Lauinger Library, as well as from local libraries through the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC). Students may also apply for membership with the D.C. Public Library.
- Thanks to our great team 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. Other drinking fountains can be found in the Williams Reading Room and 3rd Floor Wolff Library.
Georgetown Law Library patrons may eat snacks in both the Williams and Wolff Library locations in most areas. Aromatic, noisy, or greasy foods are not permitted. No food is allowed in the Williams Reading Room (2nd floor), the Special Collections Reading Room (2nd floor), the media rooms (Williams 1st floor and Wolff 4011), or the computer lab and computer learning centers (Williams Reading Room 2nd floor, Williams 3rd floor west side, and Wolff 4006). Beverages in closed containers are permitted in the library except in these locations: the computer lab and computer learning centers. For those wishing to purchase snacks and drinks or to consume larger meals, please visit our self-service café, Legal Eats (Williams 1st floor). A hot water dispenser can be found in the café as well.
- Legal Eats has implemented a daily delivery and begun to offer healthier, fresh and high protein items, such as fresh pressed juice, sparkling water, tea, more fruit, gluten free bars and snacks from QUEST and Food Should Taste Good. They are also working on meat free and vegan entrée options. During finals, the café is replenished twice per day, and coffee is priced at $1.00.
- For access to the Washington Post and the New York Times websites, students may set up free access of the Washingtonpost.com by signing on with their .edu e-mail address. To register for free digital access, please follow the directions provided here and create your account with this form. Also, Press Display provides a replica of the paper on the day of publication, with the articles as they appear in print. The library has looked into an institutional New York Times subscription in the past and its cost was prohibitive. Students may subscribe to the academic rate of $1.00 per week for individual access to the NYTimes.com. You may also use our ProQuest and LexisNexis Academic databases for free access to the articles in html full-text version.
- Other savings and discount programs are available through the GU Advantage benefits site: http://beneplace.com/georgetown.
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.
Georgetown Law Library’s reading and exam period will be in effect Monday April 24th and run through Wednesday May 16th.
During the reading and 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 this time.
Details about Circulation Desk and Reference Desk availability can be found on our Library Hours Calendar.
The Law Library is conducting its annual survey on our collections and services. Please take about a few minutes to give us your feedback.
Take the 2017 Law Library Survey
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.