Category Archives: Library Policies

2018 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.

Calculators and Bookstands

Calculators and bookstands are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk in addition to a number of other useful items, such as phone chargers and flash drives. Please continue to send your suggestions to us for any other items that you would like the Library to provide.

Mac Computers

3 Mac-based computers are available in the Student Computer Lab of the Williams Library on the West side of the 3rd Floor. Both Windows- and Mac-based computers provide access to e-mail, Microsoft Word, Lexis, Westlaw, CALI, the web, and other applications. On campus, law student computer and technology support is provided through the Law Center Service Desk, located in McDonough Hall room 152. Phone: 202-662-9284. Email: lawhelp@georgetown.edu

Scanners

Two scanners are available in the Loewinger Lounge of the Reading Room. Photocopiers also have a scan function and are located in the Loewinger Lounge, as well as on the 3rd floor in room 324, and on the 4th floor in room 425. The Xerox printers may also be used for scanning, and are located in the computer lab on the 3rd floor, and on the west side of the 4th and 5th floor.

Legal Eats Payment Options

You may purchase your items with your GoCard or credit card. You may also create and manage an account with Legal Eats by pressing the “Manage Account” option and inserting cash into the payment kiosk. For additional information about setting up an account with Monumental Markets and other payment options, please contact the customer support representative.

Newspapers and Magazines

Popular newspapers and magazines and DVD collections can be found in the Williams Reading Room near the Loewinger Lounge. The Library also 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.

Foreign & International Law Databases

To search for the availability of electronic resources which provide access to foreign case law, please consult the list of databases from the catalog, or the collection of Foreign & International Law Research Guides for guidance in locating resources for a jurisdiction. We also appreciate your input and encourage you to send suggestions to our suggestion page.

Past Exam Feedbacks and Best Answers

The Library adds new materials to the exam archive database as they are received from the Registrar’s Office, which collects not only exams, but also best exams and feedback memoranda from the faculty. If there are any problems or questions about any files in the Exam Archive, please contact us through our suggestion form.

Food Policy

Georgetown Law Library patrons may eat snacks in many areas of the Williams Library.
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 (1st floor), or the computer lab and computer learning centers (Reading Room 2nd floor, 3rd floor west side). 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 (1st floor). A hot water dispenser can be found in the café as well.

Noise Policy

The Reading Room of the Library is a designated quiet study area. Conversations are to be expected at the Reference Desk which is one of the Library’s service points. Earplugs are also available at the Desk. Cell phone conversations are prohibited, with the exceptions of the second and fifth floor atriums and the landings on each floor. When entering the Reading Room and stack areas, please silence your phone.

Group Study Rooms

In addition to the 22 group study rooms (18 in the Williams library and 4 on the third floor of Hotung), the library will once again provide additional group study rooms during the exam period. From April 23 through May 15, unassigned Scholar Studies will be available for reservation. 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. An option to cancel the reservation will also be available in the email confirmation for the reserved study room. Go to the Group Study Room reservation page to reserve these study spaces.

Reference Assistance

Reference Librarians are available to assist you with your research questions at the Reference Desk in the Reading Room on the main floor. During the academic year, this desk is open from Monday – Thursday 9:00am to 8:00pm; Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm; and on weekends 12:00noon to 6:00pm. During the summer and school breaks, there is no evening or weekend reference service. You can email the desk at lawlibref@georgetown.edu, call 202-662-9140, or Chat with us. We are also available for individual research consultations. Remember, we’re here to help you succeed in your research!

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.

Welcome to the Georgetown Law Library!

 

All incoming students were sent registration information for Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law to their unique @georgetown.edu 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 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.
  6. Other savings and discount programs are available through the GU Advantage benefits site: http://beneplace.com/georgetown.

 

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