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Law Library Student Survey — 2017

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.

2017 Inauguration – Library Hours

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.

Extended Library Hours and Access Restrictions During Exams

Georgetown Law Library reading and exam period will be in effect Monday November 28th and run through Saturday December 17th.

During the reading and exam period, both the Williams and Wolff 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.

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 “.gull.georgetown.edu” and it will work again.

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

Carpeting update

The carpeting in the library continues apace. In fact, work on the fourth and fifth floors is now complete. Carpeting is ongoing in the Reading Room which is now closed to patrons:

Reading room 2

Reading room 2

If you need to utilize the resources of Special Collections, please contact them directly via phone at 202-661-9133 or specl@law.georgetown.edu.

Carpet installation in the Williams Library

Starting June 13th and concluding July 3rd carpet will be installed in Williams Library.  During the installation, various floors and or sections of the library will be closed entirely while the old carpet is removed and the new carpet is installed. The rest of the library will remain open as usual. The work will take place from 8:00am to around Midnight, 7 days a week.

If you require materials from stack areas that are closed, the library staff will retrieve them for your use. Please visit the Williams Circulation Desk for information on obtaining materials. While every effort will be made to mitigate the impact, there will be increased noise levels and the potential for fumes from the application of adhesive and the new carpet itself.

Please note that the Wolff Library is not having carpet installed and will be open as usual during this process.

For more information please contact Joe Thomas (jtw48@law.georgetown.edu or by phone 202-662-9162)  or Craig Lelansky (cdl3@law.georgetown.edu or by phone 202-662-9155), or visit the Circulation Desk at Williams Library.

Results of the 2016 Student Library Survey

We have concluded the 2016 Annual Student Survey for the Georgetown Law Library.
This year, 245 students responded. Thank you. We appreciate all feedback.

Here’s a quick overview of the representation of student responses:

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All students who completed the survey were eligible for a prize drawing.  Congratulations to our four student winners:  Joshua D. Blume (JD ’19), Briana Rose Pigott (JD ’16), Christopher J. Balser (JD’18), and another law student (JD ’17). Each student received a $50 deposit to his or her GoCard account.

Thank you to all 245 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 2016 quantitative charts and a response summary on our website. For starters, here’s a view of the top items students are seeking on the library website:

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The second-most frequent reason listed is to search for books. To facilitate searching in our stacks the library has recently installed new shelf guides in both the Williams and Wolff libraries. These guides protrude out from the end of the ranges to enable quick recognition of what is held in a particular shelving area. We hope that these guides will assist you in locating materials within the stacks.

Here’s an overview of the reasons students visit each of our two library locations:

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We will publish a summary response at a later date.  Students and others are encouraged to give us feedback at any time.

New Library Range Guides

The library is pleased to announce that we have installed new shelf guides in both the Williams and Wolff libraries. These guides protrude out from the end of the ranges to enable quick recognition of what is held in a particular shelving area.  We hope that these guides will assist you in locating materials within the stacks.

Williams Library - New Library Range Guides Wolff Library - New Library Range Guides

Our catalog also provides a Map-It feature that will pinpoint the location of a book by its call number. Look for the Map It Beta link below the call number when you’re viewing an item.

 

Law Library Student Survey – 2016

To all current Law Students:

The Law Library is conducting a survey of all Georgetown law students. Please take about 10 minutes to give us your feedback on the law library’s collections, services and any related matters. We promise to read every comment submitted, and we’ll do what we can to act on and respond to your feedback.

Take the 2016 Law Library Survey

For the Spring 2016 Georgetown Law Library Survey, we will award four prizes of $50 to be added to the winners’ Georgetown GoCards. After completing the survey, you’ll have a chance to enter your email address to be entered for the drawing. We will keep the survey open through Monday, March 21st and plan to announce student winners soon after this.

It should only take a few minutes to complete the voluntary survey. Based on feedback in prior years, we released a new Map-It feature for the catalog, provided text transcripts to new video tutorials, purchased additional book scanners, replaced all desktop computers in the public areas in Wolff and Williams, opened a self-service café in the Williams Library, added adjustable standing desks in both libraries, and posted a prominent directory near the elevators as well as smaller signs on every entrance of the Williams Library.

You can review a summary of survey responses from 2007 to 2015 on our website.

Event in Williams 5th Floor Atrium on Thursday Evening

Williams 5th Floor atrium, when not hosting events

The Williams 5th Floor atrium is a quiet, comfortable space for students. Occasionally it is used for special events hosted by Georgetown Law.

There is a dinner event in the atrium lounge on the fifth floor of the E.B. Williams library from about 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Thursday, February 25th. There will be some noise, including light background music, so please be mindful when choosing a study space on Thursday night.

Looking for a space with comfy seats? Check out the student lounge on the third floor (past the computer lab) or the sofas inside the central entrance on the fourth floor.

If you are in the library on Thursday evening and the music seems like too much, please let the staff at the circulation desk know.