Food And Drink

Georgetown Law Library patrons may eat snacks in most areas of the Williams Law Library. Aromatic, noisy, or greasy foods are not permitted. No food is allowed in the Oakley Reading Room, the Special Collections Reading Room, the media rooms, or the Computer Learning Center. Beverages in closed containers are permitted in the library with one exception: the Computer Learning Center. For those wishing to purchase snacks and drinks or to consume larger meals, please visit our self-service cafe, Legal Eats (Williams 1st floor).

Cell Phones

Respectful cell phone use is permitted in a Community Zone or a Collaborative Zone. To find one of these locations, please see the Noise Zones page or look for signage posted throughout the Williams Law library.

Lost and Found

We strongly recommend that you do not leave your belongings, of any kind, unattended in the library, even in the group study rooms.

The Security Desk is the temporary repository for personal items found in the Williams Law Library. Items turned into the desk are sent to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), which can be reached at 202-662-9325.


Please don’t reshelve any books since we collect statistics on use of library materials. Materials in the Reading Room may be left on the cart near the entrance. For the rest of the library, leave materials at the end of a nearby table or carrel. Library staff collect all materials not checked out to assigned carrels each morning.


The mutilation, defacement, or unauthorized removal of library books, equipment and other materials is prohibited.  Please do not highlight or write in library books.

Tobacco Products

Use of tobacco products is not permitted anywhere in the Williams Law Library.


Library users should refrain from engaging in behavior that creates a disturbance, interferes with the right of others to use the Williams Law Library for research and study, or otherwise detracts from a research environment.

Policy Compliance

In cases of exceptional or repeated violation of library policies, the Law Library reserves the right to revoke or refuse access to our facilities. Prior to making a decision on access, the Law Library Administration will investigate the matter and may suspend access until it completes its review. A user’s failure to cooperate with the investigation will be grounds for loss of privileges.