Results of the 2021 Student Library Survey

We have concluded the 2021 Annual Student Survey for the Georgetown Law Library. 
This year, 452 students responded. Thank you. We appreciate all feedback.

Here’s a quick overview of the representation of student responses:

1L/1E/2E 28.80%
2L/3E 31.90%
3L/4E/4th Year Joint Degree 25.20%
LL.M. & SJD 13.90%
Other 0.20%

All students who completed the survey were eligible for a prize drawing. Congratulations to our three student winners: Claire Jenets (JD ’22), a law student (JD ’21), and another law student (JD ’23). Each student received either Lexis points to request a $50 Amazon Gift Card, a $50 gift card from a list of businesses sponsored by Bloomberg Law, or a $25 Amazon gift card sponsored by Westlaw.

Thank you to all 452 students for participating in this year’s survey. We’ve already started reviewing responses, and we’ll use this input to inform decisions about services and resources. You can view 2021 quantitative charts and a response summary on our website.

Here’s an overview of what students missed about not being able to access the library building during the 2020-2021 academic year:

Study in a quiet environment 374
Study in a group study room 293
Using printers 265
Relax between classes 196
Using print/physical course reserve material 192
Using stand-up desks 155
Face-to-face interactions at the service desks (Reference and Circulation) 138
Using scanners 129
Using WiFi 128
Check out “Cool stuff” (e.g., book stands, headphones, etc.) 81
Using historical and archival materials 57
Taking exams in the Computer Learning Center (CLC) 38
Using library computers 37
Other 33

The library space is something that students have missed the most this past year. We have been making improvements to the library space over the course of the 2020-2021 academic year. We have added a self-checkout kiosk to provide you with an additional way to check out materials. We also have replaced the lighting and electrical fixtures in most of our carrels to improve visibility and provide for USB charging.

Based on your feedback, we are now investigating the feasibility of designating different areas of the library as quiet or collaborative zones to provide you with different study space options. We also are looking at additional improvements to provide you with more options, such as the addition of rolling whiteboards and redistributing standing desks throughout the library.

In the survey, we received several requests for services or resources that we already offer, and we are pleased to highlight them here. If you have additional questions about any of these, please contact any of our service desks.

Virtual Research Consultations

Georgetown Law students can schedule an individual research consultation with a reference librarian for assistance with papers or other research projects. To book a virtual research consultation, please go to our Research Consultations page. Our Research Strategies for Seminar Papers guide also provides you with tips and resources for tackling research and writing projects.

Access to Legal and Non-Legal Articles

For access to legal and non-legal articles, please see our Articles for Legal and Non-Legal Research guide. If you have questions, please contact the Reference Desk for assistance.

Access to Popular Reading Materials and Newspapers

While the library does purchase a small number of non-law titles, we primarily focus on buying legal materials that are not available through the Main Campus Library (Lauinger) or DC Public Library. If there is a book that we do not have, you can request it from a DC Area Academic Library via WRLC. In addition, you can see if the book is available through the DC Public Library (more information on how to sign-up for a DC Public Library card).

For access to the New York Times website, please fill out this registration form. You must register using your Georgetown Law email. Your access will be activated within one week and confirmed by email. You can use this access to read articles on the NYT website and download the NYT app for mobile devices. Access to articles from the Washington Post (December 1996 to present) and the Wall Street Journal (January 2010 to present) are available through ProQuest

If you have a suggestion for a book, a journal, a movie, or a database, please share the title through the suggestions form. Someone from the Law Library will be in touch with you about the feasibility of the purchase. The link is located under the “Related Links” section located on the right side of the Law Library’s home page.