Welcome to Georgetown! This guide includes information about getting ready for class, where to study, library locations to know, and practical tips to make your life easier. We're here to help, so please ask if you have any questions!
New students will receive an email from the library with registration information for legal research platforms Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law. First year J.D. students will need these before the first Legal Practice: Writing & Analysis class. The email from the library will be sent to your Georgetown email address. If you do not see the email, please try keyword searching your email and/or checking your spam folder. If you did not receive an email, contact the library's Reference Desk either in-person or via chat or email.
During Orientation we will also be offering library tours for new students. Sign up for a library tour here!
Study Aids in Print and on CD/DVD
A wide selection of current-edition hornbooks, nutshells, and other study aids is available in Reading Room Reserve on the second floor of the Library. Because they are so popular, these books must be used in the Reading Room. Look in the library catalog for older editions that can be checked out.
Sum & Substance is an audio/visual CD/DVD series of lectures on fundamental legal topics, delivered by top law professors. The Library has lectures covering most first-year courses. These are available at the Circulation Desk, may be borrowed for for a period of three hours.
The Library maintains electronic and print collections of past Law Center exams. Exams from 1998 to present are available online (NetID required). Exams from 1977 to 2012 are available in print in the Reading Room.
CALI Lessons and e-Books
CALI provides hundreds of interactive legal instructional lessons on topics from contracts to torts. Get a registration code by picking up a CALI card at the display at the Circulation Desk, or by asking the Reference Desk via chat, in-person, or email.
The main floor of the library, where you enter the building, is the Second Floor, pictured above. Here are some key locations to know on that floor:
Other library locations to know include...
While the Reading Room is a popular place to study, it can get a bit noisy with Reference Desk traffic. In general, the quietest places in the library are on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th floors.
Group Study Rooms
Group Study Rooms may be reserved by two or more students up to one week in advance for a period of three hours per group, per day.
The Loewinger Lounge (on the Second Floor at the west end of the Reading Room) and the Fifth Floor Atrium Lounge have comfortable, plush chairs and ottomans. Consult the library map for their specific locations.