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.
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!
Congratulations to all participating in Interview Week. The library offers a number of resources to help you prepare for your interviews – books with sample interview questions, databases with profiles of legal employers and much more. Check out our Job Searching Research Guide to access this material and feel free to consult a reference librarian for guidance on how best to research potential employers.
Good luck with your job search!
Due to office moves in the Williams Library, interlibrary loan lending is suspended until Wednesday, June 21.
The library is evaluating three models of white noise machines for use in group study rooms, and your feedback is wanted.
The devices under consideration are available for use now in Williams 522A, Williams 524, and Williams 535A. Users can provide feedback via a web form for each machine. The web address for each device’s feedback form is posted on a sign next to the machine in each study room.
Based on your feedback we’ll select a model to place in more study rooms in the future.
To check out the machines, reserve one of these three rooms using our online group study room booking system. (A Georgetown Law NetID is required.)
Here’s a preview of the three machines we’re testing:
Williams 522A (marpac brand)
Williams 524 (HoMedics brand)
Williams 535A (HemingWeigh brand)
Check out the library’s Bar Exam Resource Guide for direct links to sample questions and bar exam prep books throughout the library and GOOD LUCK!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Other savings and discount programs are available through the GU Advantage benefits site: http://beneplace.com/georgetown.