Category Archives: Library News

Extended Library Hours and Access Restrictions During Exams

Georgetown Law Library’s reading and exam period will be in effect Monday November 27th and run through Saturday December 16th.

During the reading and exam period, the Williams Library 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.

Get ready for your exams at the library!

As you begin to prepare for exams, supplement your assigned readings and review past exams with study aids found in the library. Study aids can clarify confusing concepts and even provide practice questions for your review. A variety of study aids are available and the best one to use depends on your course and individual study habits. Most of these books can be found in the Williams Reading Room (in the left hand alcove), with older editions in the stacks available for checkout.

CALI lessons are another useful exam review option. Over 800 interactive lessons prepared by law professors and librarians cover over 30 practice areas of law. Georgetown students can register for immediate online access.

Good luck with your studies!

Hydration Stations Throughout the Library

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.

CLC Temporarily Closed (10/16 – 10/17)

The Computer Learning Center (CLC) will be temporarily closed Monday, October 16 – Tuesday, October 17 while IST upgrades all 24 computers with new machines.

During this time, please take advantage of the public terminals and printers available throughout the library.  Any questions can be directed to the Reference and Circulation Desks.

We appreciate your patience and understanding!

Law Library Response to 2017 Student Survey

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.

KIC Scanner & Research Conslutation

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

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 lawintlref@georgetown.edu 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 lawcirc@georgetown.edu. You can also request Reference services by emailing the reference  desk at lawlibref@georgetown.edu, 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 lawcirc@georgetown.edu. You can also request Reference services by emailing the Williams desk at lawlibref@georgetown.edu, call 202-662-9140, or Chat With A Librarian.

Feedback Wanted: White noise machines in Williams group study rooms

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

marpac white noise machine in EBW 522A

Williams 524 (HoMedics brand)

HoMedics white noise machine in EBW 524

HoMedics white noise machine in EBW 524

Williams 535A (HemingWeigh brand)

HemingWeigh white noise machine in EBW 535A

HemingWeigh white noise machine in EBW 535A

Wrap Up Your Research While Avoiding “Fake News”

One of thnewse 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.