The Edward Bennett Williams Law Library

The Williams Library was dedicated in 1989 for alumnus Edward Bennet Williams (L’44), and is one of the largest in the nation with over one million volumes of legal materials. Williams was one of the founding partners of the prestigious law firm Williams and Connolly. Additionally, Mr. Williams headed President Reagan’s first term transition team, and he was also the owner of the Baltimore Orioles.

In its collections, the library maintains vast resources that reflect the diverse interests of the Law Center faculty and student body.  In its use of technology and adaptation to new methods of information delivery, the library endeavors to take advantage of the newest information services and to provide its users with information in the most useful form.  The Director and his staff are leaders in the Law Library profession and are frequent speakers at the national, regional, and local level on a wide variety of topics.  Taken altogether, the library is a key part of the life of the Law Center, and its staff works closely and collectively with students and faculty throughout their time at Georgetown.

The library is organized around a large atrium that lets natural light into the heart of the building, making it easy to navigate the library’s collection.  The atrium also contains the Circulation Desk, where staff are able to assist students whenever the library is open.  The Reading Room and Computer Learning Center are located behind the circulation desk, and there is a main lounge area on the fifth floor above the atrium.  The student computer lab is located on the third floor, and the lab is equipped to handle a student’s computer and printing needs.

The library is wired for laptop use, but desktop computers are available for student use as well. Students have free access to Westlaw and Lexis Nexis. Librarians are available and ready to offer one on one assistance, with live help also available via the Library Website. Free printing is also available throughout the library.

The Reading Room

The Reading Room is the iconic center to the Williams Library. Fans of the 1993 legal thriller The Pelican Brief may find that the Reading Room looks familiar — that’s because The Pelican Brief was filmed at Georgetown Law, and the Reading Room is prominently featured in the film.

Library Hours

Weekdays

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Saturdays

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sundays

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Extended Finals Hours

24 hours

Library Hours

The Reading Room is open daily until 2:00 a.m.