Library Tour 2016


I Hi and welcome to the Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library, or as many students call it, “Lau”. This is the main social sciences and humanities library at Georgetown University, serving both graduates and undergraduates on the main campus. The library is built on a hill so you’ll enter the building on the third floor. To enter the library, just show your GoCard. If you’re a visitor you can use a current government issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport. To your right you’ll find the circulation desk where Access Services staff and students are ready to answer any questions you might have about your account or library services. This is also where you check out books find course reserves and pick up requested books from the consortium or interlibrary loan. To your left is the reference collection and the reference desk. The reference librarians can help you with your research, find a book or journal article, or show you how to use the library website. They’re often available online if you can’t get to the library. Try sending them an email or live chatting with a librarian. Through the library you can access article databases, DVD and streaming media collections, ebooks, and physical books, but we don’t have everything. If you need something that’s not available through our library, the fastest way is to get it through the Washington Research Library Consortium. If they don’t have something we’ll help you get it through interlibrary loan. The Pierce reading room is one of many areas in the library where you can go to read or study. We offer a variety of study spaces on each floor ranging from quiet carrels for individual work to multi-media and group project rooms. Study rooms can easily be reserved online up to a week in advance. The library’s physical books are located throughout Lauinger, organized by call number. Each floor has a copy of the directory to help you find what you’re looking for, and remember we also have millions of ebooks and electronic resources that can be accessed from anywhere. On the second floor you’ll find more books plus all the oversize books and the film and media collection. You can find DVDs for class projects, or pick up something just for fun. The Writing Center, which provides help at all stages of the writing process, is located next to Midnight Mug. Midnight Mug is a student-run coffee shop and a favorite with students. Caffeine addicts will be happy to know it’s open late. The second floor has plenty of tables for group study, and unlike other floors in the library, food is allowed. The Gelardin New Media Center occupies most of the space on the Library’s first floor. In Gelardin you can check out audio and video equipment and use specialized software to edit and produce multimedia projects. Staff at Gelardin offer classes and workshops, as well as one-on-one assistance in media production. You can even learn how to use the 3D printer. On the lower level of Lauinger you will find the Woodstock Theological Library, one of the oldest and most notable Catholic theological libraries in the United States. The top floor of the library is home to the Booth Family Center for Special Collections, which houses rare books, manuscripts, works of art, and other documents that are unique to Georgetown. All of our special collections are available for you to use in your research. Stop by to learn more. If you are a science, medical, or law student, you will want to take advantage of our more specialized libraries: the Blommer Science Library, located in the Reiss Science Building on the main campus, the Dahlgren Memorial Library at the Medical School, and the John Wolfe International and Comparative Law Library on the law school campus. Finally, we encourage you to visit our website, at You can go online to check the catalog, use one of our hundreds of online databases, find course reserves, chat with a librarian, reserve a study room, or stream media. We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief introduction to Lauinger Library, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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2 thoughts on “Library Tour 2016”

  1. Brian McGraw says:

    The great thing about being in Lau is that you don't have to look at Lau.

  2. Manuel Rodriguez says:

    This library doesn't fulfill the Open Science standards. Open Science means, that researchers are using preprint servers and ebooks stored in the cloud. It means not, that the researcher is forced to use a one person library which contains only 2000 book titles. I nominate the Georgetown University Library for a Wikipedia GLAM session which is equal to teach the library how to become more open to the public.

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