Category Archives: Library Policies

Welcome to the Georgetown Law Library!


All incoming students were sent registration information for Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law to their unique email from the library.  If you can’t find the email, check your SPAM folder or the “Promotions” tab.  Be sure to register before classes begin!

If you haven’t already, sign up for a library tour here.  They’re available throughout Orientation Week.

Information to help you navigate your first week at Georgetown is available in our New Students Guide.  It includes links to your first-week reading assignments, course reserves, library locations to know, library policies, course management systems information, and more!

Don’t hesitate to stop by any of the library service desks with questions, and we’ll be happy to help.  You can find library hours listed online.  Our reference team is available by chat, email, phone, and in-person.

We look forward to getting to know you over the coming year!


2017 Student Library Survey: Resources and Services Update

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. For access to the Washington Post and the New York Times websites, students may set up free access of the 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 You may also use our ProQuest and LexisNexis Academic databases for free access to the articles in html full-text version.
  6. Other savings and discount programs are available through the GU Advantage benefits site:


Extended Library Hours and Access Restrictions During Exams

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.

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.

Holiday Break Hours: December 20th to January 11th

Over the December break, the Georgetown Law Library will be open fewer hours, and we’ll be completely closed from December 24th through January 1st.  Following is a summary of hours for the library from December 20th through January 11th.

View a full calendar of our hours for these and other dates.

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Circulation and Building Access
(Wolff and EBW Library Locations)

December 20th noon to 8pm
December 21st  through December 23rd  9am to  5pm
December 24th through January 1st  CLOSED
January 2nd  9am to 5pm
January 3rd noon to 8pm
January 4th  through January 9th  9am to 5pm
January 10th noon to 8pm
January 11th to January 15th  8am to 10pm
January 16th Normal hours resume   7am to 2am

Reference Services:

December 21 through December 23: CLOSED
December 24 through January 3: CLOSED
January 4 through January 8:  On demand (Williams); closed (Wolff)
January 9 and January 10: Reference Services Closed.
January 11 to January 15: 9am to 5pm (Williams); 11am to 5pm (Wolff)
January 16: Normal hours resume.

Georgetown Law Library Extended Bar Review Study Hours

Starting Monday July 13th Georgetown Law Library will be open additional hours for studying for the bar.

Williams Library schedule:
Every day  –  7am to 2am daily

Wolff Library schedule:
Monday – Saturday 9am to Midnight
Sunday Noon to Midnight

The extended hours will end at closing on Monday July 27th, 2am for Williams and midnight for Wolff.

Both Williams and Wolff will resume normal summer hours on opening on Tuesday July 28th.

Details about library hours as well as Circulation Desk and Reference Desk availability can be found on our Library Hours Calendar.

Holiday Hours

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The library will have reduced hours during the holiday break and will be closed from December 24th until January 2nd. Standard operating hours resume on January 10th. To view a complete list of hours, please visit our calendar. The holiday hours are as follows:

Building Access Williams:
December 22nd through 23rd: 9am – 5pm
December 24th through January 1st: CLOSED
January 2nd through January 9th: 7am – 10pm

Building Access Wolff:
December 22nd through 23rd: 9am – 5pm
December 24th through January 1st: CLOSED
January 2nd through January 3rd: 9am – 5pm
January 4th: 10am – 8pm
January 5th through January 9th: 8 am – 10pm

Reference Services Williams:
December 22nd through January 1st: CLOSED
January 2nd: 9am – 5pm
January 3rd through 4th: CLOSED
January 5th through January 9th: 9am – 5pm

Reference Services Wolff:
December 22nd through January 4th: CLOSED
January 5th through January 9th: 11am – 5pm


New Scanners and Soft Seating: Selected Summer Projects

Wolff Library Scanner

Over the summer, we worked on several projects for the benefit of our new and returning law students.  In brief, we added more seats, more scanners, updated technology, and revised and improved research services.

Each Spring, we conduct a law library student survey, which is useful for helping identify areas to improve and services and resources to continue to support.  Shortly after the survey completed, we published this summary of responses.

View our 2014 Law Library Student Survey Comments for a an overview of projects completed this summer in response to student survey input.  The page includes representative student comments and a brief summary of our response and actions.  For technology updates, we partnered with the Law Center’s Information Systems and Technology group.

Questions and suggestions are welcome year-round, so drop us a note to send us feedback.

Library Hours and Access Restrictions During Exams

Studying in the Wolff LibraryThe Georgetown Law Library reading and exam period is in effect Monday April 21 through Wednesday May 13. During this time, only Georgetown University students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the Friends of the Library program, and public patron card holders are admitted.

The Williams Library is now open 24 hours a day through the end of exams. The Wolff Library will also be open around the clock starting on April 28 through the end of exams.

The complete schedule for both libraries as well as circulation and reference services may be found on our Library Hours Calendar.