To all incoming and returning students, we welcome you to the law library.  Whether you’re new to Richmond Law or returning to continue law school, we are happy to welcome you back.

Following is a summary of our hours, access information and resources available for Fall 2020.  Look for additional details and resources in this research guide. We’ve had to adjust many things as a result of COVID-19 requirements.  One thing we haven’t changed is our commitment to providing the resources and services necessary for your success.

Law Library Building Hours

For the Fall semester, we’re open:

  • Monday to Thursday: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

For reference services, we continue to provide support where we can answer questions via online chat, email and some in-person services.  Read the post about Remote Legal Research and Reference Resources for details.

These are the hours for synchronous, immediate assistance:

  • Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Outside of these hours, please email us any questions or requests.

Study Room Access and Availability

Over the summer, we upgraded our study room reservation system, and we enhanced the basement rooms with better soundproofing. The new booking system is more accessible on mobile phones, and it allows you to see when rooms are free without having to log in.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, all ten study rooms are restricted to single occupancy.

Technology Services, Printing, Support

We continue to provide technical support to help with issues such as connecting to our wireless network, troubleshooting access or account problems, and generally trying to solve every problem we can.

We still provide print services, with the same allotment of print credits for all new and returning students.  The computer lab is closed, but we’re working on a way for you to use Adobe Acrobat (production software) remotely.

Additional Details: A Short List

In no particular order, here’s a short list of other things to expect when you visit the law library:

  • New Catalog: We completely upgraded the library catalog with the biggest change in a decade. Search for books, databases and all electronic resources.
  • Course Reserves: We continue to provide course reserves. Some policies have changed. Stop by or call the circulation desk for details.
  • Seating: “If you find a chair, you can study there.” We provide around 200 seats for individual law student studies.
  • Carrels: Carrels and tables are open to all law students, and we cannot provide assigned spaces for now.
  • Lexis Printing: Lexis suspended printing for the academic year.
  • Classrooms in the Library: The library’s third floor collection space is now a classroom: Room 300.  Room L-30 and L-31 in the library remain in use.
  • Library Entrances: You can enter the library on the first, second or third floor. If we’re open, the doors will be unlocked.
  • Navigating Spaces: Look for signs around the library for paths of access. For the first and second floor, there is one entrance and one exit door.
  • Bathrooms: There are two all-gender bathrooms in the basement, first and second floors.  Be sure to lock them when in use, and take advantage of the new foot pulls to aid in opening doors.
  • Sanitation:  You’ll find hand sanitizer and surface area wipes throughout all spaces. We encourage everybody to wipe down work spaces before use.

CAPS: Counseling and Psychological Services

The University of Richmond’s Counseling and Psychological Services continues to provide dedicated appointment times for law students.  To support this important effort, we continue to provide a space in a first-floor study room where you can meet virtually with somebody from CAPS, between the hours of Noon and 4 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

We wish you success in law school

On behalf of the entire law library team, we wish all of you success in the coming year.  If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Fall 2020 Law Library Access, Resources, and Hours

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