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Library Policies Overview

Library Policies in text next to a stack of books

You know how much we love being a second home for Hoyas as you complete your work each semester. Because of the many hours you spend here, we wanted to give you a quick overview of some of our policies so that we can all work together to keep Lau a warm and inviting place to study!

  • Library Use: Use of the Georgetown University Library is primarily to meet the research and information needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the University. We ask that you respect fellow users and University resources and property, observe Quiet Study Area designations, refrain from sleeping, and monitor your belongings at all times. For the full list of general use policies visit the Library Use Policies page.

  • Entering & Exiting the Library: Georgetown University students, faculty, and staff with a current GOCard may use Lauinger Library during all hours of operation. A GOCard is not needed to enter the Blommer Science Library during the Reiss Building’s regular hours but users will need to swipe their GOCards to gain access to the building after 8 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays. For a full list of policies visit the Entering & Exiting the Lauinger and Blommer Science Libraries page.

  • Food & Drink: Covered beverages are permitted in Lauinger and Blommer Libraries. Alcohol is prohibited in the Library. Food is allowed only on the second floor of Lauinger Library and is restricted to “snack” style foods. Smelly, greasy, or messy foods are not permitted in the Library. To see examples of permitted and prohibited items visit our Food & Drink page.

  • Smoking: Smoking and use of tobacco or e-cigarettes of any kind is prohibited in all indoor locations on campus and is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct (#35). In accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia which prohibit smoking in public areas, members of the community who choose to smoke must do so in designated areas outdoors at least 25 feet from any building.

  • Tabling: The University Library is dedicated to providing a neutral, academic space for research, scholarship and study. For this reason, tabling not sanctioned by the Library is not permitted in any part of Lauinger or Blommer Libraries. To find alternative tabling sites visit our Tabling page.

  • Posting Fliers: Posting of fliers/posters in Lauinger Library is only permitted on the designated bulletin board in the third floor lobby area and in the Blommer Library on the bulletin board immediately to the right after entering. Any fliers or materials found in unapproved areas will be discarded immediately. For more rules related to fliers and posters in the Library visit our Posting Fliers page.

This list is not exhaustive. If you are interested in other Library policies or have questions please visit our main Policies page or contact the Library. Happy studying!