Construction activities related to Capitol Crossing require the city water department to shut off water to the Williams and Gewirz buildings from 8:00 p.m. Thursday, 10/26/17 to 5:00 a.m. Friday.
There will be no access to restroom facilities or water fountains during that time in the library
Water will be working in McDonough and Hotung during the library shut down.
Tonight (October 19) starting at 8:00 pm and lasting until 9:30 pm the water supply to the Williams Library will be turned off.
Please adjust your use of study spaces accordingly.
Water will remain on in McDonough and Gewirz.
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 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.