FAQ During Instructional/Business Continuity
Can I still get electronic access to casebooks?
LexisNexis, West Academic, and Wolters Kluwer had extended free electronic access to casebooks for the spring semester and the access to each of these will be ending in the coming weeks. For summer classes, students can purchase casebooks through each publisher’s website. The discounts that they have announced so far are:
- Wolters Kluwer – Starting on May 31st, all digital CC books will be 40% off of the print copy price and can be purchased on the Legal Education Website. To get started, (1) Go to the Wolters Kluwer web store; (2) Follow the steps provided to log in or create an account; & (3) Find the product when prompted (it will be the second product listed on the page) and click Redeem.
- West Academic – For students who purchased titles directly from the West Academic web store, West Academic will automatically extend electronic access through the end of the fall semester. For students who purchased/rented through other retailers, West Academic will also provide digital access to their titles with proof of purchase or rental. To take advantage of this, students should keep their receipts. Additionally, West Academic has extended their 15% discount to include print and electronic casebooks purchased through their web store. Your discount code, which students can enter at checkout, is: GEORGELAW
Can I get electronic access to study aids?
Yes! To provide students with remote access to study aid materials during the fall semester where some students will be participating in person and others online, the Law Library has subscribed to the West Academic Study Aids platform for the 2020-2021 academic year.
The West Academic study aids platform includes Gilberts, Nutshells, Concepts & Insights, Hornbooks, and Concise Hornbooks. There are two ways to access this platform:
- Option 1 – Go to West Academic through the library’s website. You will be prompted to sign-in with your Georgetown NetID and password. If you would like to take notes, highlight, and download titles for offline access, you will need to sign-in using a West Academic account (Option 2).
- Option 2 – Login with a West Academic account. To create or use an existing West Academic account, please do the following:
- Go to West Academic.
- Click ‘Create an Account’ in the upper right-hand corner and follow the prompts OR If you already have a West Academic account, click ‘Sign-in’ and verify your Georgetown email address.
I have fines on my account. What should I do?
All fines have been suspended. If you have fines on your account, please contact Circulation.
I have books checked out and due in the coming weeks but can’t get back to campus to return them. What do I do?
If these are Georgetown University Law Library books (which will bear our name on the book), don’t worry! We are in the process of extending all due dates so that no one needs to return materials until the University returns to normal operations. We will send out an update when this is completed.
If these are books from another library (ex. Interlibrary Loan, WRLC, Consortium, Georgetown Main Library), again, don’t worry! If the lending library contacts us or once we resume normal operations (whichever is earlier), we will reach out to the borrower to arrange for retrieval of the items from wherever you are at the time. Since these are not our materials and we cannot unilaterally change the terms of the loans, each situation is necessarily different, so not every solution will be the same.
If you have questions about books you have checked out, please contact Circulation.
Will research and reference librarians be available to assist me with research questions and locating materials?
Yes. Librarians from Library Research Services, Reference, and Foreign & International departments will be available during the following hours via email, chat, and Zoom:
- You can reach the Reference Desk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by emailing Georgetown’s reference librarians, calling 202.662.9140 or using the “Live Chat” button on the library’s website.
Will I still be able to use Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law over the summer? What if I am graduating?
The Law Library’s Lexis, Westlaw, & Bloomberg Law information page outlines the rules and procedures for maintaining access to these resources over the summer for continuing students. This page also outlines how graduates can maintain access to these resources for at least six months after graduation.