Law Trivia in the Law Library

Celebrate Law Week with legal trivia in the law library and win a study room for a day! Come along for this intellectual slugfest in the fifth floor active learning area of the law library on Monday, April 4, 2:30-4pm. The questions will focus on all things “law” but be prepared, they may be a little different than what you’re used to.

We will run through the questions at least twice so don’t worry about dropping in halfway through.  The team, individual, coterie, gang, or horde that answers the most questions correctly will receive the grand prize; the rights to a study room of your choice for a full day.

Updated library hours and access to databases

View from the 5th floor Terrace

Because of continuing construction in the library as well as the move of the College of Law servers this weekend, the Law Library will have temporarily shortened hours.

The library will be open:
Thursday, June 25, 2015 7am-6pm
Friday, June 26, 2015 8am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28, 2015 10am-6pm
Monday-Thursday, June 28-July 2, 2015 8am-6pm
Friday-Saturday, July 3-4, 2015 Closed
Sunday, July 5, 2015 10am-6pm

Because of the server move, all Law Library databases will be unavailable from 4pm on Friday, June 26, 2015 through Sunday, June 28, 2015.

As a reminder, only current College of Law students are allowed in the building to use study aids, reserves, or get research assistance. Students will need to show their ID and sign in at the Security Desk and proceed immediately to the Circulation Desk on the Fifth Floor. Library personnel will retrieve materials, as available, and direct students to an area of the library where they can study. Students needing research assistance can also use the red Chat Reference button in the upper left corner of the Law Library’s home page.

At this time, the computer lab, printers, copiers and scanners are not available. We will continue to update you as construction progresses and more resources become available.  In the meantime, enjoy a sneak peek (above) at the view from the 5th floor terrace. If you have any questions please contact Associate Dean Niedringhaus at or 404-413-9140.


We’re hiring!

The law library is hiring GRAs for summer and fall 2011.  For both summer and fall, we’re seeking Reference GRAs who will work at the Reference desk, answering research questions for library users.  Reference GRAs report to Deborah Schander, the Reference/Student Services Librarian.  For summer, we’re seeking Research GRAs who will assist with faculty research requests.  Research GRAs report to Pam Brannon, the Faculty Services Librarian.  If you are interested in either type of work, we encourage you to apply.  You can apply for one or both types of position, though applicants for the summer positions must be taking summer classes.

Summer GRAs receive one-half reduction in tuition as well as a $500 stipend.  Fall GRAs receive one-half reduction in tuition as well as a $1,000 stipend. To apply, please submit a completed application, resume, and your anticipated summer/fall class schedule to Deborah Schander by Friday, April 8, 2011.

New Library Printers

The law library has two new printers in the alcove (across from the Reference Desk). You will need to download new software if you want to print from your laptop to these printers. The instructions and software are available on our website. Alternately, the Circulation Desk also has a copy of this software on a USB drive — you can check the drive out, install the software, and return the drive.

In addition to simply being shiny and new, these printers are also capable of printing on both sides of a sheet. Look at the printer options on your computer when you send a print command to use this feature.

The old library printer will stick around until March 21. After that, you must install the new software to continue printing in the library.

Questions? Ask a library staff member or contact the IT Help Desk.

Online Room Reservations

Study rooms can now be reserved online

Study rooms can now be reserved online. The new online booking system also allows you to reserve a room up to one week in advance.

To reserve a study room, visit the booking system website and login using your myLAW ID (click the “Log in” button in the upper right corner of the page). You can reserve a study room for up to three hours per person per day.

You are responsible for canceling reservations if your group no longer needs the study room and for ensuring two or more members of your group are present to check out the study room key within ten minutes of the reservation start time. More information about these and other study room polices is on our policy page.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact the Circulation Desk (404/413-9100).

New Library Workshops

Library Abridged LogoThe law library is launching a new workshop series this spring. Each “Library Abridged” workshop will be 20 minutes long and focused on a narrow aspect of legal research, technology for lawyers and more. Coffee will also be served.

Workshops will meet in the law library conference room. And each workshop will be given twice, at 2:45 p.m. on Mondays and at 5:20 p.m. on Tuesdays. The full schedule is below:

  • Jan. 24 & 25 — A Professional’s Guide to Facebook
  • Feb. 7 & 8 — Let Me Google That For You
  • Feb. 21 & 22 — Better Know Your States: 50 State Surveys
  • Mar. 14 & 15 — Listening to the Law: Audiocasefiles
  • Mar. 28 & 29 — Take the Law Into Your Own Hands: eBooks
  • Apr. 11 & 12 — There’s an App For That: Apps For Lawyers

Although each workshop is independent from the rest, each student who attends the full series will receive a certificate of completion. Plan to join us this semester and top off your legal research skills.

Telephone Room Reservation

Starting Nov. 22nd, law students will be able to reserve study rooms at the College of Law Library by phone.  Students should call the Circulation Desk at 404-413-9100 to reserve a room.  Students may also continue to reserve a study room in person at the Circulation Desk.  Phone reservations will last through the exam period only.

Students can reserve a study room up to a week in advance.  In addition, students are allowed to check out a study room for 3hrs per person.

For more information on study space at the College of Law Library, go to the Study Space page on the Law Library Website.

New Food Policy

by flickr user _sk

Think back to your first week of law school. Do you remember the tour you had of the library? Yes? Good. And remember how you were told bringing food into the library was forbidden? It was sad, wasn’t it? Now think of all the times since then you’ve snuck food into the library inside your backpack and furtively gobbled a granola bar while reading your Con Law textbook. Good news! You don’t have to sneak it in anymore.

The law library recently changed its food policy. We realized a complete food ban can be difficult to follow. You can now freely eat items such as granola bars, carrot sticks, cookies and other snack/finger foods in the library. Does this mean it’s pizza party time in the study rooms though? Sorry. Smelly, greasy foods are still out, as well as other foods which might disrupt your fellow library users. You can read more about the new policy — and see some examples of acceptable and unacceptable foods — on the library’s new website.

The librarians and staff hope you enjoy your new-found freedom from food-related guilt. Don’t hesitate to let us know of any spills or messes you may need help with. A quick clean up will help us in continuing to allow food and drinks (in the acceptable containers, of course) in the library.

Chat with a Librarian

The College of Law Library debuted its new chat reference service with the debut of the new College of Law website.  We’re hoping that our library users–students, faculty, staff, public–will use the chat service. 

You can access the service by visiting the library home page–use the Ask Ref! box to begin the conversation.  Our chat reference service is available during regular reference hours.  We’re logged in, ready to help, Monday through Thursday from 9-9, Friday from 9-5, and weekends from 10-6. 

We look forward to chatting with you soon!