Starting August 2, 2021, the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library building is open to Georgetown students, faculty, and staff. For more information, see Who May Use the Library.
Georgetown Law invites you to visit the Law Library, one of the largest legal research facilities in the nation. Graduates enjoy lifetime free access to the library.
When visiting the Law Library, Georgetown Law alumni must present government-issued photo identification at the library's security desk. Your name will be checked against our alumni list. For more information on library access and use, please see our Who May Use the Library webpage.
While on campus, graduates can use almost all of the Law Library’s electronic databases. You can locate databases by searching for them in the library catalog by name. Or you can go to our list of Frequently Used Databases or access All Databases.
Please Note: Our licenses for Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law limit access to the current Georgetown Law community. For more information on post-graduation use, please visit our Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg Law webpage.
As an alternative, graduates on campus may use Fastcase, a powerful full-text legal research tool, and Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic), which offers U.S. federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, international legal information, and Shepard’s Citation Service for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1790.
Recent graduates are granted limited borrowing privileges until August 31 after graduation from Lauinger Library on Georgetown’s main campus. After August 31, alumni may borrow books from Lauinger Library on Georgetown’s main campus by becoming Library Associates. For more information, see the Alumni Borrowing Privileges webpage. Find books through HoyaSearch.
Only current Georgetown Law students have borrowing privileges from the Law Library. However, alumni may request to use items from our Cool Stuff collection (e.g., chargers) by requesting them from the Circulation Desk.
While on campus, alumni can enjoy access to Georgetown's network GuestNet. GuestNet is an open network and is not encrypted. For more information, see the GuestNet webpage.
Windows and Mac computers that do not require a login are located throughout the Law Library. See the floor maps for locations. Additional workstations are available in the Computer Learning Center, located on the second floor within the main Reading Room. Whenever this room is not being used as a classroom, alumni may use this room for research.
For printing and photocopying services, alumni may use the Instant Print Kiosk on the West side of the Reading Room on the 2nd Floor. A Georgetown University Debit Card from a GoCard Station is no longer needed for printing and photocopying services.
Self-service scanners are available free of charge. Scanners are located on the West side of the Reading Room on the 2nd Floor.
For more information, see Printing, Copying, & Scanning.