Law Library Exam Period Hours

Friday, April 19 – Thursday, May 9

  • Sunday 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Monday – Friday 8:00 AM –  Midnight*
  • Saturday  9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12

  • Friday  8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Monday – Tuesday, May 13 – 14

  •  8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

*Note: In order to use the Law Library between 11 p.m. and midnight, you must be in Hazel Hall PRIOR to the time when the building locks at 11:00 p.m. If you leave the building after 11 pm, you will not be able to get back in.


Fine Amnesty Returns: Happy National Library Week!

In honor of National Library Week, the law library’s circulation department is once again forgiving fines. Patrons who return all overdue books during National Library week (April 13-19, 2013) will be forgiven for up to $10.00 in fines.  Please see Rob, Maya, or Mark if you would like to have your fines forgiven.

First sponsored by the American Library Assocation in 1958, National Library Week celebrates the important contributions of the nation’s libraries and librarians to our communities and educational institutions.

Spring Break Hours March 9-16

The Law Library will be open the following hours:

  • Saturday March 9:  Noon –  6pm  
  • Sunday March 10:  Noon – 8pm
  • Mon.-Thurs. March 11-14: 8am – 9pm
  • Friday March 15:  8am – 6pm
  • Saturday March 16:  Noon –  6pm

The Reference Office will be open Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm.

GMU Law Library and BLSA Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month. The theme for 2013 is “At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.” This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation (January 1, 1863) and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (August 28, 1963).

GMUSL’s Chapter of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and the Law Library have partnered to honor these important events in American History. Please take a moment to view a special presentation in the library display case near the atrium.

Black History Month was founded by the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH) at Howard University.  For more information, visit the ASALH website.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2013

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Law Library will closed on Monday, January 21.

The MLK holiday became federal law fifteen years after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death. The holiday was first observed in 1986, but it took another 17 years for nationwide recognition. In 1994, the holiday was designated a day of service under the direction of the Corporation for National and Community Service. For resources about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visit the King Center Website.


Winter Intersession Hours

Thursday, January 3 – Saturday, January 5

  • Thursday & Friday            9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday                           10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Reference Hours:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Thursday – Friday

Extended Law Library Hours During Exams

Law Library exam/makeup hours:

Through December 16:

Sunday 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

December 17 – 20:

Monday-Tuesday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday-Thursday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 Best of Luck on Exams!!

Used Book and Media Collection

The Law School Library is collecting books and media for Turning the Page, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting District of Columbia Public School students by making “education a family affair.”

Turning the Page hosts activities including workshops, author visits, and museum trips focused on helping parents and children develop a love of learning. To raise funds for their programs, Turning the Page partners with local businesses and schools to collect and sell books to the public.

Please look for the donation bin in the Hazel Hall atrium.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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!