Construction activities related to Capitol Crossing require the city water department to shut off water to the Williams library building from 8:00 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday (11/20) and Tuesday (11/21).
There will be no access to restroom facilities or water fountains during that time in the library
Water will be working in all other campus buildings during this water shut down.
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We hope you’ve noticed that all of the new hydration stations are complete and we now have at least one on each floor. On the first floor, you will find one just outside of Legal Eats, while the second floor is on the right side of the Reading Room. Each of the other floors have a hydration station in the atrium now, so you can refill your water bottles where ever you are.
The Computer Learning Center (CLC) will be temporarily closed Monday, October 16 – Tuesday, October 17 while IST upgrades all 24 computers with new machines.
During this time, please take advantage of the public terminals and printers available throughout the library. Any questions can be directed to the Reference and Circulation Desks.
We appreciate your patience and understanding!
The library maintains a research guide on the Supreme Court and has recently subscribed to Proquest Supreme Court Insight, offering you unparalleled resources for research into the U.S. Supreme Court. Access decisions, records and briefs, petitions for writ and more. Please feel free to ask a librarian if you have any questions when using these resources.
The library maintains a small collection of children’s books which can be found in the Loewinger Lounge on the left hand side of the Reading Room. We have books for preschoolers and some primary grade books, as well. Feel free to take a book home to your child or if you bring them on campus, feel free to share a book with them in the Loewinger Lounge.
Each spring, the Law Library conducts a survey of our students. In 2017, 276 students responded to our survey, and we published summary charts of the responses back in April. Now we’re publishing a survey response, to show examples of changes to library facilities, content and services guided by the useful student input.
We have published the 2017 Law Library Survey Response, where you can see highlights of new hydration stations, new Xerox printers which may also be used for copying, scanning and faxing, the installation of white sound machines in group study rooms, and a new research guide on the history of civil rights in the United States.
We appreciate student input. Throughout the year, you are encouraged to send comments and suggestions through our suggestion page, and please keep an eye out for our next annual survey in
To commemorate the importance of the U.S. Constitution, P.L. 108-447 added “Constitution Day” to the law and mandated ” the civil and educational authorities of States, counties, cities, and towns are urged to make plans for the proper observance of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day and for the complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities and opportunities as citizens of the United States and of the State and locality in which they reside.”
Learn more about the history of Constitution Day by reviewing our Research Guide and checking out the display in the Robert Oakley Reading Room.
You can also download an interactive Constitution app from the National Constitution Center.
Primary source material of the LGBTQ community is now available to all Georgetown students and faculty through a new database, Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940.
The material comes from the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the Gay Activists Alliance, the International AIDS/HIV Crisis and more. Newspapers, government reports, and letters are just some of the resources available in this database.
For more information, consult our Gender and the Law Research Guide or ask a reference librarian.