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Results of the 2017 Student Library Survey

We have concluded the 2017 Annual Student Survey for the Georgetown Law Library.
This year, 276 students responded. Thank you. We appreciate all feedback.

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

Status of Students who Responded to the Survey

All students who completed the survey were eligible for a prize drawing.  Congratulations to our four student winners:  Gary Dreyzin (JD ’18), Cody Moshe Kermanian (JD ’18), Alexandra Katherine Rose (JD ’19), and another law student (JD ’19). Each student received either a $50 deposit to his or her GoCard account or a $50 Amazon gift card.

Thank you to all 276 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 2017 quantitative charts and a response summary on our website.

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

Reasons for visiting the Law Library

The second-most frequent reason listed is to study in a group study room.  The library will once again provide additional group study rooms during the exam period.  From April 24 through May 15, unassigned Scholar Studies will be available for reservation in addition to our usual 21 group study rooms. 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.   Go to the Group Study Room reservation page to reserve these study spaces.

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

 

 

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.

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.

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.

New Children’s Book Collection in Williams 320

The library has assembled a small number of children’s books for patrons looking for a quiet retreat with their children in the EB Williams Library. The books are generally geared towards the preschool and elementary set, but we also have a few graphic novels and nonfiction books discussing the law for older children. The books will be housed in the Student Lounge (Williams 320).

New Exhibits of Books from Special Collections

Georgetown Law Library Special Collections is pleased to announce two new exhibits featuring rare books from our collections. The first is our own exhibit, Magna Carta, Sir Edward Coke, and the Rule of Law at the Dawn of American Settlement. This exhibit is located in the Special Collections exhibit case outside Room 210 in the Williams Law Library. The exhibit features 5 imprints of Magna Carta cum Statutis tum antiquis tum recentibus, the leading compilation of English statutes from the reigns of Elizabeth I and James VI & I, that were annotated in law French by their owners. It also includes images from Sir Edward Coke’s personal annotated copy of Bracton, the landmark treatise of English law written shortly after the authoritative 1225 version of Magna Carta was issued by Henry III. Full text images of all of the featured books are available through Digital Georgetown.

The second exhibit is Age of Lawyers: The Roots of American Law in Shakespeare’s Britain at the Folger Shakespeare Library. This exhibit features our copy of Coke’s Bracton and our set of 17th century imprints of Parts 1 through 12 of Coke’s case reports, which were so highly esteemed that they quickly became known simply as The Reports; as well as many other rare books and manuscripts from the Folger’s collections.

For further information about these two exhibits, please contact us at specl@law.georgetown.edu.