With Fall Break (a.k.a. 1L writing week) on the horizon, the semester is more than halfway over. Break week generally marks a turning point when returning students begin to buckle down and prepare for final exams and papers. As the library fills with increasingly-anxious students, it can be hard to find a place to settle in for long hours of outline review or intensive research.
So with that in mind, the Goodson Law Library is pleased to announce a new option for study groups and other meetings: Room 4200B has now been added to our online reservation calendar. Like the eight study rooms on Level 2 of the library, it can be reserved by current Duke Law students up to 72 hours in advance; once reserved, its key can be checked out from the Circulation/Reserve desk. (Note that unlike the Level 2 study rooms, Room 4200B has no built-in technology, but it can comfortably accommodate 6 people around its large table.) Room 4200B can be found on Level 4, in the area directly above the library service desk, next to the Duke Law Journal alcove (and under the watchful gaze of the Nixon portrait).
But that’s not the only change in the Goodson Law Library. The renovation project which began over the summer will begin a new phase over Fall Break, with extensive work to the ducts and wiring in the west end of Level 1. Details of the project are posted online; the most important note is that the Microforms Room will be accessible only from the back elevator/staircase once this work begins. The center staircase and front elevator will provide no access to the west end of Level 1.
Please also note that beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, the library will operate under Fall Break hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evening and weekend service will resume on Sunday, October 21. See our Hours & Directions page for details. The Duke Law community will retain its usual 24-hour DukeCard access during the break.
As always, if you have any questions about the use of library study rooms, the ongoing renovation project, or service hours, please don't hesitate to ask library staff for assistance.