Sunday, August 19, 2012

How We Spent Our Summer Vacation

Welcome (or welcome back) to the Fall 2012 semester! Effective at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, full evening and weekend library services have resumed. See our updated building access hours, and remember that you'll still need a current DukeCard to enter the Law School building after 5:00 p.m. and any time on weekends.

Those just returning to Duke from a summer away will notice a few changes to the Goodson Law Library. In May, work began on a renovation project designed to create new spaces for eight of Duke Law's student-edited journals on Level 1 of the library. As part of this project, other study spaces throughout the library were also improved. While some work will continue into the fall semester (check the Renovation Updates page for details), here is your floor-by-floor guide to the changes so far.


The most dramatic transformation can be seen at the back of Level 1, where the bank of study carrels was removed in July. (Don't worry - the carrels have been relocated to Level 4.) This area will be the future home of 8 Duke Law School journals (all except DLJ), and remains a construction zone until the new space is finished. Continued work may be noisy and disruptive at times, so level 2 and the back of level 4 are our recommended quiet study spaces for the fall semester.


The study carrel computers at the back of Level 2 have been upgraded to new iMacs, which can run in either Windows or Mac operating systems. A current NetID and password is required in order to log in to these workstations.

The subject alcoves on this floor (Gann Tax Alcove and Walker North Carolina Alcove) have been rearranged in order to accommodate larger groups of users.


Like the subject alcoves on Level 2, the Stevens Federal Alcove on this floor was reconfigured to make room at its table for larger groups of people.

In the Document Production Room, you’ll be happy to note the addition of a second flatbed scanner, which has been installed due to popular demand for the library’s BookScanStation. It is currently set up for scanning to USB drive only, but options to scan to email and the printing system will be added soon.

The Digital Initiatives Lab was also recently upgraded to make one of its two display screens compatible with Apple TV.


Study space at the back of this floor has been expanded, with the study carrels from Level 1 re-installed next to Level 4's existing carrel space.

To make room for the additional study carrels, some materials in the Periodicals collection are in the process of being sent to off-site storage. For assistance with locating these titles (all of which can also be found in full text electronic format), please Ask a Librarian.


The Renovation Updates page will keep the Duke Law community informed of construction work as it is scheduled. Questions about the renovation project can be directed to Assistant Dean for Library Services Melanie Dunshee.

We hope that your summer vacation was as busy and productive as ours! Best wishes to all of our new and returning students for a great semester.