Countdown to Reopening #3
Rob Truman
Associate Dean and Director
Paul L. Boley Law Library

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Access to the Law Library
Access to the Boley Law Library and Wood Hall research and study spaces will be restricted to Lewis & Clark Law School's current students, faculty, and staff. While our extended community of alums and the public will not have physical access to the law library, we are providing virtual access to as many of our services as possible. Follow these links to our services for LC Law alumni, local attorneys, and the general public.

The library will open to our first-year law students on August 17, and to all of our law students on August 30. We will be operating with expanded hours, opening an hour earlier than in past years because of our early class schedule. Find current hours on our website.
Reserve Study Seats Online
With a limit of 25 persons per room (yes, these apply to our large Boley and Wood Hall Reading Rooms), and strict social distancing and safety guidelines, we are introducing a new online Single Seat Booking system. Beginning August 17 for our 1Ls and August 30 for all of our students, you will need to reserve a study space in order to study in Boley or Wood Hall. This includes the Wood Hall study rooms, which will continue to be limited to one person at a time.

  • Boley Reading Room: 25 seats (mix of tables and carrels)
  • Boley Atrium: 6 seats (tables)
  • Wood Hall Reading Room: 7 seats (tables)
  • Wood Hall Study Rooms: 8 seats (one per room, over two floors)

Because of the limited number of seats, students will have a maximum of four-hours/day of reserved seating. Masks are required to be worn at all time, and while that rule remains, no food or drink may be allowed in the library. So be sure to get your fresh air breaks, and mix in studying outside, at home, and in the student lounge (LRC room capacity permitting).

The study rooms are the only Library/Wood Hall spaces (outside of any open classrooms) where law students may attend remote classes requiring speaking. Of course, law students can listen with headphones anywhere in the Library and Wood Hall. 
Masks, Cleaning, Air Handling
Masks are required to be worn at all times, except for when they cannot be worn for accessibility or equity reasons. All staff have access to clear masks and face shields when necessary for communication.

Common areas will be regularly disinfected by staff. Hand sanitizer and disinfection supplies will be located throughout the study areas for student use. Social distancing is required, and all seats are located well over six-feet away from each other.

Our HVAC systems have been set to introduce and circulate 100% outside air, and all filters have been changed. One tradeoff for all this fresh air: you may find the library a bit cooler on cold days (bring a sweater), and perhaps a bit warmer on warm days (still, please dress appropriately).
New: Self-Checkout Kiosk
We will have a self-checkout kiosk located in the Boley Atrium (by the former puzzle table). It’s just like the one at your public library. Now you can checkout your own books, study aids, and reserve items without having to communicate through those awkward masks and shields. Give it a try, and if you run into any problems just ask at the front desk.
We will have casebooks, other course texts, and chargers available for three-hour checkout as usual. Unlike our regular circulating material that will be quarantined for four days upon return (see below), we recognize the need for access to these course materials on a daily basis. In exchange for providing these materials, we have added a few additional requirements:

  • Wash or sanitize hands before and after use
  • All reserve items are limited to in-library use only
  • Masks must be worn when using these items at all times

Pick up and return all Course Reserves at the Law Library front desk.
Book Requests Return August 17
Beginning August 17, students may once again request books from the Boley Law Library, Watzek Library, our Summit partners, and via Interlibrary Loan. As always, start with the Primo Catalog, and if you have any questions or could use a hand contact a research librarian via chat, zoom, email, or phone. Are you a remote-only student? If you cannot come to campus let us know and we will work with you on getting your research materials to you, digitally when we can, by delivery or mail when only analog will do.

Please return all non-reserve books and other materials to the drop box just outside the Boley front doors. Any fines or fees accumulated this summer will be cleared. Please don't worry if any show up on your account. We'll be clearing those out as the semester gets going and all of our borrowed items are returned.
Expanded Online Services
All of our reference and research services remain online. Librarians are available via chat, Zoom, email, or phone, with expanded hours from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday beginning August 31 (Noon – 5pm from August 17-28). Working on a large project or need time to really work through a problem? Make a Zoom reference appointment from our home page or the link on the right-hand side of this page.

We have moved most of our teaching and instruction online. Not quite all, as librarians will be teaching as part of your Lawyering program. Keep an eye out for our new and expanded Prepare to Practice self-paced certification series, now 100% virtual. We have a number of trainings scheduled via everyone’s favorite Zoom platform. And our two Fall semester librarian-taught courses, Legal Research: Environmental and Legal Research: Foreign and International, have moved fully online. Even Boleypalooza has moved online this year.

There is lots more going on at the Boley. Be sure to keep an eye on our Coronavirus site for updates and many more details about all of our services. And of course, please contact your law librarians with any of your questions.
Submitted Questions Answered
Will upper division students keep their previously assigned lockers?

Yes! Upper division students will still have their assigned locker.

Will the gym on the undergrad campus be open for law students to use?

Currently, all Lewis & Clark Campus athletic facilities are closed, including the gym on the undergrad campus. Please keep an eye on the Pamplin Sports Center page for updated information on the use of any athletic facilities.

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