Category Archives: Library Policies

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.

Holiday Break Hours: December 21st to January 10th

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 21st through January 10th.

View a full calendar of our hours for these and other dates.Union Station Wreaths - DC

Circulation and Building Access
(Wolff and EBW Library Locations)
December 21st  7am to  7pm
December 22nd Noon to 8pm
December 23rd 9am to 5pm
December 24th through January 1st  CLOSED
January 2nd through January 10th  7am to 10pm
January 11th resume normal hours   7am to 2am

Reference Services:
December 21st: Noon to 6pm (Williams)
December 22nd through January 1st: CLOSED
January 2nd and January 3rd: 9am – 5m (Williams); 11am-5pm (Wolff)
January 4th and January 5th: Reference Services Closed.
January 6th to January 10th: 9am – 5m (Williams); 11am-5pm (Wolff)
January 11th: Normal hours resume.



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Extended Library Hours and Access Restrictions During Exams

Georgetown Law Library’s reading and exam period will be in effect Monday Dec. 2 and run through Saturday Dec. 21. As you go over course outlines, continue writing papers and prepare for exams, rest assured: we’re open extra hours for Georgetown student study.



During the reading and exam period, the Williams Library will remain open 24 hours daily, and Wolff International Library will continue to close at midnight.

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.

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Recent Library Improvements Based on Student Input

During Spring 2013, the Law Library conducted our annual survey seeking student comments and suggestions.  595 students responded. In April, we published summary charts of responses accompanied by a selection of student comments and our feedback.  Since April, we’ve been working on several projects meant to improve student experience here at the law library.

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In this summary of new developments, you can read about:

  • Completely revised floor plans to help people better find books and library features.
  • New and updated research tutorials.
  • A faster tool for finding databases.
  • New options for free scanning in both library locations.
  • Other developments and activities.

At any point during the year, feel free to send us suggestions or feedback in response to these changes or to suggest other enhancements.

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.