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2016 Law Library Student Survey - Comments

Law Library Response

During Spring 2016, the Law Library conducted our annual survey seeking student comments and suggestions.  245 students responded.  In April, we published summary charts of responses. View past annual surveys here

Following are representative student comments and notes on changes we've made in response to feedback.  Most work was done over the summer.

Hydration Stations

Comments from Students:

  • Perhaps there is one that I am not aware of, but a new water fountain similar to the ones in McD that allow you to refill water bottles would be great! The current water fountains dispense warm, metallic- tasting water.
  • More filtered water stations at Williams Library. There's currently only one in the Reading Room.
Hydration Stations

Reply by the Library:

Thanks to our great team in Facilities, we now have 2 new hydration stations on the 5th floor of Williams. They have both the bottle filling and regular drinking fountain features.   Other drinking fountains can be found in the Williams Reading Room and 3 rd Floor Wolff Library. 

Monthly Table Days

Comments from Students:

  • More information [regarding reference and research support] on available options to incoming students.
  • I think more [communication] is better! The greater the exposure, the more likely the students will recall the information when the situation calls for it.

Reply by the Library:

Monthly Table Days

The Library plans to have a “Table Day” for each month to promote its services and collections by setting up a table outside the cafeteria in McDonough. Some of the monthly themes will include:

  • Services for RAs and Journals.
  • Exam Period: 24 Hour Access, Group Study Rooms, Past Exams.
  • Student Resources in the Library (Study Aids, Course Reserves, Research Guides).
  • Job Researching and Interviewing Resources.
  • Snack and Chat (For student feedback on the library).

The theme for October is banned books in recognition of Banned Book Week (9/25-10/1). In addition to providing information about some of the most influential “banned books” in US history, a member of the library circulation team was on hand to check-out displayed materials right at the table.

If you have any suggestions about what you would like us to present, please contact Liz Graham ( with your ideas!

New Library Range Guides and Map-It Feature

Comments from Students:

  • It is very difficult to locate the physical book in the stacks. A "map it" feature or something similar would be helpful.

Reply by the Library:

The library is pleased to announce that we have installed new shelf guides in both the Williams and Wolff libraries. These guides protrude out from the end of the ranges to enable quick recognition of what is held in a particular shelving area.  We hope that these guides will assist you in locating materials within the stacks.


Our catalog also provides a Map-It feature that will pinpoint the location of a book by its call number. Look for the Map It Beta link below the call number when you’re viewing an item.


Comments from Students:

  • I would like it to be easier to find copies of articles in databases, etc. that I find elsewhere. For instance, finding PDFs of articles from Google Scholar could be easier (even when I have GULC listed as my institution in Google, I have had difficulty finding the text of an article).

Reply by the Library:

The Georgetown Law Library is pleased to introduce OneSearch. OneSearch is a tool for discovering articles, books, databases, and other resources from many different places. It uses a massive search index that dives deep into our catalog, subscription databases, and other Georgetown libraries.

OneSearch also has built-in tools to help you navigate this vast array of resources. “Best bets” and database recommendations steer you to popular resources. Facets let you refine your search. And OneSearch has numerous features to improve usability, such as auto-completion when you are entering search terms, spelling correction, and a responsive design for mobile device compatibility.

For now OneSearch is in “beta” release. All its features are in place, and we have gotten it as ready for you as we can. Now we need you to use it and let us know how it goes. Please use the feedback link in OneSearch to report any issues, send an e-mail to, or report your comments to any librarian. Also, stay tuned to Due Process and your student e-mail account for opportunities to participate in user testing of OneSearch and other library systems.


Click the second tab in the search box on the library website to quickly access OneSearch

Interlibrary Loan

Video Tutorial

Comments from Students:

  • Can you make interlibrary loan easier to find and use?

Reply by the Library:

The library has created a video tutorial to assist you with using our interlibrary loan service:

Additionally, a mobile-friendly ILLiad interface was adopted to make our ILL service more accessible to Law Students on the go. The new interface makes navigating the ILL request forms easier and accessing electronically received files quicker on smaller screens.

For questions about Interlibrary Loan, please review the FAQs, call (202) 662-9154 or e-mail the office. There are separate ILL instructions for Research Assistants (RAs) and Journal Staff.

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