It's hard to believe that today is the last day of classes for the semester. This semester in particular has felt enormously long and yet oh-so-short. As I and other librarians have mentioned before, we've missed seeing many of you in-person this semester and we'll be taking steps next fall to re-introduce ourselves to you 1L and 2Ls! We have so many great tools that we want you to use and great resources that will make your lawyerly lives much easier.

But first, we have finals for this semester! In order to provide a quiet study space for you, the Law Library has expanded our weekend hours during the finals period. Below are the hours from Thursday, April 22nd through Friday, May 7th:

Mondays-Thursdays: 7:30am - 8:00pm

Fridays: 7:30am - 6:00pm

Saturdays: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Sundays: 11am - 7:00pm

Note that you can reserve a seat in the library ahead of time using our Seat Reservation system. This allows us to keep our space safer and more socially distanced.

Reference staff will be available to assist you in-person, on the phone, via email, or on our chat service for practically every minute of those extended hours. We look forward to helping you with your papers, presenations and studies!

Speaking of studies, did you know we have an enormous guide to study aids on practically every law school subject? We keep the most recent editions at the circulation desk and those most recent editions are normally from the last 2-3 years - practically guaranteed to have all that you need to fill in the fuzzy areas in your notes. 

We also have study rooms available. Since we have fewer rooms than normal, please be sure to follow the procedures listed on our FAQ page. When in doubt, feel free to email us at Circ@law.wisc.edu to see what is available. You can also speak with Dean Emily Kite about accommodation-based requests for study rooms.

We are finalizing our summer hours and policies but anticipate being open for all you bar exam folks out there. Watch for more information soon or feel free to contact me personally (Kris.Turner@wisc.edu) with any questions or concerns you may have.

While this hasn't been the year that any of us wanted or anticipated, we hope that the Law Library has been able to support you in some way. We will be reaching out to all students over the summer and in the fall with our new policies as we (hopefully) move back to a greater capacity and more in-person interaction. Until then, watch this space for official announcements and reach out with any questions you may have.

Best of luck with your finals!

Submitted by Kristopher Turner on September 14, 2021

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