The last Countdown email listed how and when you can use the library. You can view that information here
. The Library communication inspired some further questions:
Why only 25 people in the Boley Reading Room? It could accommodate more and keep the 6’ distance requirement.
Yes, we agree! 25 students in the Boley Reading Room is much too low a number. But our hands are tied by state-issued orders.
Why only 4-hours for seat reservations in the Library? What about low use times?
We are working to distribute the available library seats as equitably as possible, thus the current four-hour limit to all seat reservations as well as study rooms.
We will be watching the use quite closely during the first week of full classes. If it turns out that we can extend access during certain hours, we will certainly do so.
Why can’t we have 24-hour access to Wood Hall and Boley Library?
There are institutional issues that come up that leave us no choice, including providing time and safe space for our daily cleaning crew to sanitize our study areas, and the need to match study hours with staff hours so that the building is never un
Other law school libraries around the country, many with 24-hour library and building access, all report the need to temporarily apply standard closing times to their buildings.
Can we reserve rooms (classrooms or other space) to study in groups?
This is a tough one to solve on our campus when you combine:
- the 25-person max room limit
- social distance requirements which severely limit how many people may be in our smaller rooms
- the effect of those limits on classroom scheduling
- the need for quiet study space
- the need to provide additional space for students to attend remote classes when they do not have enough time to return home between or after in-person classes
Thus, we begin with a very limited-access campus.
The Boley Law Library, handling room reservations, will be keeping an eye on how this works out and whether classroom space opens up. Our first priority will remain the safety of our students.
Reminder: Virtual Study Rooms Are Available!
We do have virtual study rooms available. We have full appreciation of how they are not the same thing. But, they have been popular and can come in handy in a pinch.