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Law Library Services During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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FACILITY HOURS

Patrons can drop off library materials using the book drop located on the sidewalk outside of the library entrance. Most of our services and resources are available virtually. Review a description of our virtual services below or contact lawref@uga.edu if you have any questions.

The Law Library is open with a modified schedule. View public hours, which differ from Law School Community Hours. Fall semester 2020 hours for the Law School Community are:

  • Monday - Thursday, 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Friday, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please review the Law School's COVID-19 F.A.Q. webpage before visiting.

 

CONTINUING SERVICES

Reference & Research Services

Virtual reference assistance is available Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 5 PM. Services include email, video conference, and chat. Please contact lawref@uga.edu for more information or to schedule a consultation.

Circulation

If you have questions related to course reserves, borrowing or returning materials please contact lawcirc-l@listserv.uga.edu. For items checked out from Spring or Summer 2020, all due dates were extended to August 31. Please return them by that date with no fines. For most regular circulating items, we encourage you to use the "request item" feature in the online catalog. Items will be checked out for you, and you will be notfied to pick them up at a table near the circulation desk. Please return all items at the drop box outside the library entrance. All regular items will be quarantined for 96 hours.

Faculty & Instruction Services

Most faculty services will continue to be provided virtually. Individual teleconference or videoconference research consultations can be scheduled by appointment through lawref@uga.edu. If you need assistance related to your course, eLC, Zoom access or any other resources to support remote learning preparations,various law school and library team members are available to help. Please use the resources found below, visit our faculty resource guide, or contact lawit@listserv.uga.edu.

Online Study Aids

In addition to the study aids linked below, the library alongside faculty have created a guide related for Take-Home Exams. It includes information specific to study groups with ideas for how to meet virtually and making spending study time effectively.

  • West Academic Study Aids Online (Ongoing Access via the Law Library) access several study aid series including: Acing series, Black Letter Outlines, Career Guides, Nutshells, Law Stories series, Concise Hornbook/Hornbook series, Law School Legends Audio series and Sum and Substance Audio series.
  • CALI (Ongoing Access via the Law Library) provides access to more than 1,000 interactive tutorials on legal topics.

Textbooks on Course Reserve

As a convenience to students, the library purchases 1 print copy of each required textbook for courses taught each semester. Unfortunately, this fall semester there will be limited options for textbook access since print resources must be quarantined for 72 hours after use. Course reserves will be in person on a first come, first serve basis and due 1 hour before the library closes. The library will purchase extra copies of the more heavily used textbooks, but with the quarantine requirements access to textbooks will be more restricted than during a regular semester. 

Last spring semester, free digital access to textbooks was provided by legal publishers as a courtesy due to the abrupt switch to online instruction mid-semester.  Most legal publishers have announced that they will not provide complimentary online access to textbooks this fall.

  • NOTE: If your textbook is published by West Academic, in the event UGA switches to online learning, digital textbook access will be available with proof of purchase or rental. Be sure to keep your receipts.

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