Surviving Finals Time in the Law Library

It's finals time in the law library! We appreciate that this can be a stressful time for law students and have some guidelines to help make life easier during this busy period.

Food. As you're probably aware, we tend to be on the permissive side when it comes to food in the library. Drinks with covers and low profile snacks—no problem. However, please don't drive your fellow students over the edge with pizza, Chipotle, kettle chips, pop rocks, carrots or that square of Pont-l'Évêque your mother sent you in a finals care package.

Noise. We realize that the loudest people in the law library are often us librarians. We'll keep in mind that people are especially sensitive to noise at this time of year and we ask you to do the same. This is especially true in areas such as myLab or the group study rooms. You can close the doors, but remember that those rooms are not soundproofed.

Adverse possession. Please do not monopolize the tables or group study rooms. The group study rooms are particularly popular this time of year so keep other students in mind when reserving them. And please do not leave your stuff on a table “reserving” it while you are gone for extended periods.

Restricted Access. The little blue signs have appeared, meaning this is the time when we have restricted access to law students and people using our legal materials. Please, no vigilantism. If there is a problem, let us know and we can help. At the same time, if there are plenty of available tables and the interlopers are not disruptive, then why not practice your collaborative justice skills and study and let study! And, yes, law professors are allowed to walk through the library to get to their offices during this time.

Common sense.  This is a safe library, but things have been stolen in the past. Please do not leave valuables unattended. The last thing you want to be concerned with during finals is a missing laptop.

Perks. Let’s not forget about all the fun that comes with finals time in the library: free coffee, candy at the circulation and reference desks; massage chairs in the reserve room, games in myLab, librarian dance-offs. . . plus we open earlier (6 am) and stay open later (2 am)! Whew! No wonder we have to restrict access.

More Cowbell! Based on our latest patron survey, we're pleased to announce that this year we'll be doubling the number of cowbells available in the library as study aids.

– Ben Doherty

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The Arthur J. Morris Law Library is the home of research for students and faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law.

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