The Library will open effective August 26. Undergraduate and graduate students must have a green GU360 badge and a reservation to enter the library. To promote social distancing, hours and in-person services will be limited. Many other services remain available online. Find the most current information available on the Georgetown Libraries COVID-19 Updates and Resources page and the Library's COVID-19 FAQ.

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Library Policy Overview

Library Policies in text next to a stack of books

We love being a second home for Hoyas as you complete your work each semester. But as in most places, the pandemic has forced the Library to implement policies to promote social distancing and minimize the potential for viral spread. We’d like to give you a quick overview of some of our policies so that we can all work together to keep Lau a safe, 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.
  • Library Access: Lauinger Library is currently open from 1–9 p.m. Monday–Friday. For now, library access is limited to undergraduate students who are living on campus and to faculty and staff who have the appropriate health credentials to enter campus buildings. All students must have a reservation to enter the Library. Students may reserve up to three hours per day. Please visit the reservation system and browse each location for available hours. The Circulation Desk is open Monday–Friday 1–5 p.m. The Bioethics Research Library, Blommer Science Library, Woodstock Theological Library, and School of Continuing Studies are currently closed.
  • Book Pick Up for Faculty and Students: Print materials housed in Lauinger, Blommer, Woodstock, and Bioethics Libraries can be requested via HoyaSearch. There is a request limit of 10 outstanding items at a time for faculty and graduate students and 5 outstanding items for all other users. When your request is ready, you will receive an email notice with the link to schedule your pick up appointment. The pick up times are Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Food & Drink: Covered beverages are permitted in Lauinger Library. 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: Effective August 15, 2020, Georgetown is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. Smoking and use of tobacco or e-cigarettes of any kind is prohibited in the Library and on all Georgetown University grounds.
  • Posting Fliers: Posting of fliers/posters in Lauinger Library is only permitted on the designated bulletin board in the third floor lobby area. 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.
  • Policies may change quickly as conditions warrant. For up-to-date information, follow the Library’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources page.

This list is not exhaustive. If you have questions please contact the Library.