Category Archives: Library Policies

Wolff Library Closed Saturday + Sunday – May 25-26

The John Wolff International and Comparative Law Library will be closed all day Saturday (May 25) and Sunday (May 26).  Our facilities management needs to make emergency repairs to an air handler in the Hotung building, where the library is located.  Because this means there will be no air conditioning, we are closing the library both days.  The E.B.Williams Law Library will be open normal hours on both of these days.

Note: Both library locations will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 27.

A complete list of our library, circulation and reference hours is online on our website.

Library Catalog Unavailable Thursday May 23

On Thursday, May 23, our library catalog vendor will perform a major upgrade to the system that runs GULLiver and GULLiver Discovery, our library catalog systems. During this time, off-campus access to databases will probably not work.  The outage is expected to last from 8am to 8pm on Thursday, May 23. Updates posted here.

These services will be unavailable: 

  • Online catalog
  • Remote database access
  • Paging books within the library

These services will remain uninterrupted: 

Sources for finding books while the catalog is offline: 

We will post updates to our Twitter account as well as on this page on our site.

New Virtual Tour of the Library Now Available

In conjunction with the library staff, a Catholic University library school student, Matt Foley, prepared this virtual tour during his Spring internship with the reference department. Check out the tour to identify where material is located in the library, including books, printers, computers and group study rooms. Also, find out where the best drinking fountain in the library is located!

As always, please feel free to ask a reference librarian if you have any additional questions when using the library.

One More Item Before Graduation – Library Books Due By May 14th

Dear Graduates,

On behalf of the entire law library staff: Congratulations!  We hope you have had a fantastic and enriching experience here. It has been rewarding to work with all of you.

Please add one more item to your list of things to do to prepare for graduation.

Please return your library books as soon as possible. As of April 26th a TEMPORARY charge of $120 has been placed with Student Accounts for each item still checked out by a graduating student. Those who have unpaid accounts on graduation day will not receive either their transcript or diploma during the commencement ceremony.

How to remove a fine:

Simply return the item. Once you return all of your library materials, we will remove those charges. Credits will be issued as the books are returned.

Please make every effort to return your books by noon on May 14. This will give both the Library and the Student Accounts department ample time to clear your records with the Registrar and ensure that you receive both your final transcript and diploma at the graduation ceremony.

We invite you to stop by either the Wolff or Williams circulation desk to see if you have any outstanding library books to return. You may also check your Library Account online by logging in with NetID at

If you do not return all items by May 14, you will have to take a few more steps — but don’t worry. 

If you need your library materials after May 14 to complete a paper or take an exam, simply see the staff of either the Wolff or Williams Libraries. We can work with you and the registrar’s office so that you won’t have outstanding library fines on graduation day.

How do you remove library holds on your record after May 14?

Simply return the items. Once all books are returned, the library will promptly remove all charges.

Once again the library applauds your accomplishments.  We look forward to your future visits as returning graduates.

2013 Student Survey Completed – Kindle Paperwhite Winner Announced

We have now concluded the 2013 Annual Student Survey for the Georgetown Law Library.  This year, 595 students responded.  Here’s a quick overview chart showing the respresentation of student responses:
Student Response Demographics

Thanks to everybody who responded.  

Congratulations to Jack Lescroart (L ’14), who won an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite as part of the drawing for this year’s survey.  He was chosen at random from all student responders who entered.  He is shown here with Associate Law Librarian Kumar Jayasuriya along with his new device.

2013 Law Library Student Winner

Thanks again to our students for providing valuable feedback on library services, online content and resources.  We’ve already started to review all comments.  Over the coming weeks, we’ll discuss all of this input and use it as a guide in helping us focus our efforts to provide useful services and resources.

Student Input Needed for 2013 Law Library Survey

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 a 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 2013 Law Library Survey [Georgetown login required]

One lucky student completing the survey will win an 3G Kindle Paperwhite. We will keep the survey open through Sunday, April 21, and plan to announce the student winner by the following Tuesday.

It should only take a few minutes to complete the voluntary survey.  Based on feedback in prior years, we revised the past exam archive, created an online group study reservation system, relocated the reference desk in the Wolff Library and purchased new chairs for the Williams Reading Room and Williams library fifth floor. In addition, we have added book scanners, and we enhanced frequently-used library collections, including our collection of DVD and study aids.

You can review a summary of survey responses from 2007 to 2012 on our website. 

Tools for Audio Learners and Audio Authors

We are pleased to announce the availability of a room in the Williams library where we provide access to assistive technology.

  • Do you learn better by listening or by reading? 
  • Is it easier for you to dictate than to type? 
  • Would it be easier to proofread your documents by listening to them read back to you?

What if you don’t know the answer to any of these questions?

The Law Library and the Office of the Dean of Students are launching a new service to let members of the law center community use two unique productivity tools:

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking: A program that transcribes dictation, reads back your text, and allows users to control the computer using voice commands.
  • Kurzweil Educational System: A web-based program which allows the user to listen to text, either electronic or scanned printed information.

Both products are available in Room 111 of the E.B.Williams Law Library, and installed on a dedicated computer.

To try either system, simply reserve the room online and go to the Williams library circulation desk to borrow the headset and instruction sheet that will help you get started. When not being used for assistive technology, this room, EBW 111, is still available for group study purposes.

Library Open During Inauguration – Access Restricted

Inauguration Photo

On Inauguration Day, January 21st,  Georgetown University Law Library will be open normal hours but will have access restrictions.  The Library is within the secure zone (covering 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.

Here’s information on planning for the Presidential Inauguration.

Photo: An eye to the future / Ian Muir / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

GULLiver’s Believe it or Not: Smoking in the Library?

Student with pipe in Georgetown Law Library

Forget soda cans, noisy snacks, and aromatic carryout in the library – how about a late-night study buddy lighting up a stogie in the carrel behind you?

In 2012, it would be pretty much unthinkable (not to mention illegal*) to allow smoking anywhere inside the Georgetown Law Library. However, a new exhibit in the Williams Library highlights a time when cigarettes, pipes, and other types of tobacco were actually welcome within the library and Law Center, as elsewhere throughout society.

Stop by the Williams atrium display cases for some photos and facts that just might “blow” your mind. And remember, the only smoking allowed (and encouraged!) around here nowadays is of your exams – best of luck!

*D.C. Code § 7-1703(4) (2001).

What We Did at the Library This Summer

Each spring, we conduct a survey of law students to get input on library services and resources. We published a summary of 2012 results soon after the survey closed. Now we’re happy to share some information about what we did this summer, largely in response to comments. In brief: we added a water fountain to Wolff, installed after-hours book drops, overhauled the room reservation system, revamped our touch screen kiosks, and updated our entire website. 

Touch Screen KioskBook Return

We’ve been busy. We’re excited to see students returning, and we’re ready for another productive year. Check out a summary of comments in response to the 2012 survey.

Welcome back to campus, and drop us a note if you have any suggestions before the next annual survey comes around.