On Thursday, November 26, 1789, the first Thanksgiving holiday was celebrated pursuant to a proclamation issued by President George Washington. An 1863 proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln established the last Thursday of November as the regular date for this celebration.
That tradition continued until 1939, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the holiday would be celebrated on the second to last Thursday of November that year (November 23, 1939). Roosevelt was responding to pressure from retailers to expand the Christmas shopping season.This change sparked controversy and angered some football coaches, whose season was scheduled according to the holiday. There was also a a split among states, 32 issuing proclamations following the President but 16 others refusing to change the date. See H.R. Rep. No.77-1186, at 1 (1941) (available to GMU patrons on Proquest Congressional)
Two years later, on December 26, 1941, President Roosevelt signed a joint congressional resolution, known as the Thanksgiving Day Act (55 Stat. 862) establishing Thanksgiving as a Federal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November.
In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the law library will have reduced hours:
- Wed. Nov. 21 9:00am-5:00pm, References Services available 9:00am-2:00pm
- Thurs. Nov. 22 Closed
- Fri. Nov. 23 Closed
- Sat. Nov. 24 Noon-6:00pm
- Sun. Nov. 26 Regular Hours resume: 11:00am-11:00pm, Reference Services Available 2:00pm-9:00pm
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!
The law library has installed eight new carrels on the fourth floor for the exclusive use of GMU Law Students.
On Monday, October 8 the law library will be open regular hours: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm. Reference librarians will be available 9:00 am – 9:00 pm.
The library has purchased and installed white boards in all study rooms. With the addition of the new rooms on the fourth floor, students have a choice of 14 study rooms, including two large rooms accommodating at least 12 students. Study rooms may be reserved up to a week in advance at the library circulation desk.
The library has reserved seating on our recently renovated fourth floor for George Mason Law Student use only. There are several tables available in this area and we will soon be adding four large double-sided study carrels. In addition, the Fourth Floor has five study rooms.
Interested in library work? Want a job on campus? The GMU Law Library hires both wage and work study eligible students. Excellent pay and flexible hours! Stop by the Circulation Desk for an application or see the Law Library Website here.
The library staff welcomes all new and returning students to George Mason University School of Law. We look forward to seeing you in the Law Library and during the Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis (LRWA) Program.
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- Research tips
- Information about training
- Announcements related to library services
- Updates on hot topics in law, legal education and practice that are most relevant to law students
And, if you are a GMU Law Student and “Like” the library on Facebook, you are eligible for a free insulated lunch bag or water bottle courtesy of Bloomberg Law, Westlaw, or LexisNexis. Come get yours in the Library Reference Office, Monday – Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. Supplies are limited!
Beginning Sunday, August 12, Law Library Hours are as follows:
- Sunday 11am – 11pm
- Monday-Thursday 8am – 11pm
- Friday 8am -10pm
- Saturday 10am -10pm
Reference Hours are:
- Sunday 2pm -9pm
- Monday-Thursday 9am – 9pm
- Friday 9am – 5pm
- Saturday Closed