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 waterproofing work going on outside at the front of the library has a schedule change. Rather than partially blocking off entrance doors for weeks at a time, all of the work at the main entrance will be done during the upcoming few days:
- Friday, Sep. 22: the doorway on the east side (closest to New Jersey Ave) of the main entrance will be blocked for the day. Other entrances will be available;
- Saturday, Sep. 23: the doorway in the middle of the main entrance will be blocked for the day. Other entrances will be available;
- Monday, Sep. 25: the doorway on the west side (closest to 2nd Street) of the main entrance will be blocked for the day. Other entrances will be available.
Please also be aware that the trees from the planter on the east patio in front of the library will be removed Sat. morning, Sept. 23 – there may be some chain saw noise from about 8:00 a.m. for an hour or so
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
The library has available for circulation several portable power packs. If you will be sitting someplace without power and you need to charge your laptop, pad, or phone, one of these chargers will allow you to run or charge your device.
Please see the staff at the Circulation Desk for this and other “cool stuff” – including phone and laptop charging cords – which you can check out for your use.
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.
Op-Eds, Media Interviews, and Social Media:
Faculty Scholarship in the Public Square
Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – noon
Place: Murray Room, Lauinger Library, Georgetown University
The Georgetown University Scholarly Communication Committee presents the fall Scholarly Communication Symposium:
Deborah Tannen, University Professor, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University
Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University
Autumn Brewington, Former Op-Ed Editor at the Washington Post, and former Editor of the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank
Danielle Knight, Producer, “1A”, WAMU 88.5 American University Radio and NPR
Sanford Ungar, Director, The Free Speech Project, Georgetown University
In addition to traditional scholarship, Georgetown University faculty communicate through a wide variety popular channels, including op-eds, television and radio interviews, magazine articles, and social media. In this symposium, we will explore how faculty bring their research and scholarship to the attention of the public and work toward informing and influencing public discourse and policymaking.
The symposium will address the following issues:
- What are the benefits of bringing research and scholarship into a public forum for the public, the university, and the individual?
- How do faculty translate their expert knowledge and complex research into formats that can reach a broad audience?
- What are the characteristics of effective op-eds, television or radio interviews, and social media postings?
- How can faculty get started in communicating through the media?
- Given the value of contributing to public discourse, what incentives and support do we have to encourage faculty to participate in public discourse?
Please RSVP for this exciting event here.
Library Training for Faculty Research Assistants
The library will be holding two training sessions for new faculty research assistants this fall. In this training, RAs will learn about library services and policies and will gain an introduction to our databases and to best research practices.
The training sessions will be:
- Wednesday, September 27, 12:00pm-1:00pm
- Thursday, October 5, 3:00pm-4:00pm
All sessions will be held in the Computer Learning Center (CLC) in the Williams Law Library.
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.
Welcome back! The library is here to serve your research needs and to provide you with a place to study. We are undergoing some changes which may create a few inconveniences this semester, but we look forward to serving you in an improved space when all the work is complete. While spaces for relocating library staff are being built, some study rooms have been taken offline, but these – and some new ones on the 5th floor — will be freed up as soon as staff are able to move.
The services and collections of the John Wolff Comparative and International Library have been reintegrated into the Edward Bennett Williams Library so that all of our collections are now under one roof. Wolff will no longer be a location for checking out books or retrieving requested books. All of that will now take place at the Williams Circulation Desk. All reference desk services have also moved over to the Williams Library, and we now offer a single desk for domestic and international reference questions. However, the contact information for reaching the foreign and international librarians remains active, so if you call 202-662-4195 or email email@example.com for assistance on foreign, comparative, or international law research, you will continue to receive responses.
For all other library services, come to the Circulation Desk at Williams or call 202-662-9131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also request Reference services by emailing the reference desk at email@example.com, call 202-662-9140, or Chat With A Librarian.
By the end of this week, the third floor of Hotung will offer 24/7 study space where the Wolff shelves have been removed. That space also includes printing facilities. Study rooms in this area will open up later this semester, once staff have been able to move.