FAQs, Frequently Asked Questions About the Gallagher Law Library
Update in progress, May 2004.
When is the Law Library open?
The Library is open approximately 90 hours a week when classes are in
session. Regular, interim, and holiday hours are posted on the
Library website and are available as
a recorded message at (206) 543-4088.
Note that the Law Library operates on an abbreviated schedule when
classes are not in session and during holidays.
The Law School and University of Washington academic calendars are included
as links on the Hours page.
What is the Law Library's address?
The Law Library's mailing address is William H. Gates Hall, Box 353025,
Seattle, WA, 98195-3025.
The Law Library is located in William H. Gates
Hall, on the northwest corner of the University of Washington campus. Gates
Hall does not have a street address, but it is located at the intersection
of 15th Avenue, NE, and NE 43d Street. On the
William H. Gates Hall is located at coordinates J-5.
How do I get to the Law Library?
Directions to William H. Gates Hall are found on the
From the main entrance to Gates Hall facing Memorial Way, take the stairs
or the elevator down to L1, where you will find the entrance to the Law
Library. From the west entrance near 15th Avenue NE, take the stairs or the
elevator up to the first floor of the Law School and walk the length of the
Galleria to the main entrance. Then take the stairs or the elevator down to L1.
Is parking available near the Law Library?
Public parking near William H. Gates is limited. Some parking spots
(including disabled parking spots) are available in Lot N1, between William H.
Gates Hall and the Burke Museum. On the
public parking lots are shown in grey.
To reach lot N1, enter the University
of Washington campus on Memorial Way off of 45th Street NE. Stop at the Gate
House for a parking permit. The current cost of a single day parking permit is
$8. For more information about parking on campus, see
Parking in N1 is free weekdays after 9pm, Saturday after 12 noon, and all
day Sunday UNLESS a special event is scheduled. Contact Parking Services for
more information: 206/685-1543.
Metro bus routes stop near the Law Library?
Many Metro bus routes stop on 15th Avenue NE, NE 15th Street, and Memorial
Way. Check the
University District route information on the Metro website.
is Marian Gould Gallagher?
Law Library is named for Marian Gould Gallagher, who served as its
director for 37 years, from 1944 to 1981. A portrait of Mrs. Gallagher
hangs at the bottom of the stairway leading to the Law Library entrance on L1.
here to see a photograph of and read a tribute to Mrs. Gallagher.
can use the Law Library?
Law Library is open to everyone; you need not be affiliated with the University
of Washington to visit the Law Library.
Visitors may use all of the print
and most of the online resources that the Law Library offers. Some online
services are restricted to University of Washington Law School students,
faculty, and staff by terms of our contracts with the database vendors. Some
resources are restricted to currently enrolled University of Washington
students and University of Washington faculty and staff. On this website,
such resources are noted as being UW
can check out books?
Visitors may register at the Circulation Desk by showing a photo ID and
proof of Washington residency. You will be issued an adhesive bar code to affix
to another form of identification (such as a Washington State Bar Association
bar card or public library card). Registration permits you to check out books
from the Classified and Compact Stacks for 2 weeks. You can read more
information at the Circulation page.
Who can use the computers in the Law Library?
Library's computers are available to all users for legal research purposes. There
is a 30-minute time limit when others are waiting.
computers provide access to the Law
Library's online catalog; legal periodical indexes; and other free
and commercial catalogs, databases, indexes, and websites. Access to
some online resources is limited to University of Washington faculty,
students, and staff performing course-related research; these
limitations apply to some commercial services with contract
Library computers do not have word processing software. Visitors may wish
to go to a branch of the Seattle Public Library,
most of which have computers with word processing software.
with laptops can use the wireless network found throughout William H. Gates
Hall. UW visitors will use their UW Net IDs to logon. Other visitors should go
to the Circulation Desk to get a logon password, good for one day.
of the Library carrels or study spaces have ethernet connections. Neither the Law Library nor the Law School provide technical
computer support for
non-Law School users. See the
information page on the wireless network for technical specifications for
compatible wireless cards.
Who can I ask for legal research assistance in the Law Library?
The librarians in the Reference Office on L1 are available to answer questions
approximately 60 hours a week. The Hours page
includes the schedule for the Reference Office. You may also call the Reference
Office at 206/543-6794 during the hours of scheduled service.
reference librarians can help you identify and locate print and online sources
and assist you in using these sources. The reference librarians cannot conduct
research for you, give you legal advice, or interpret laws or cases for you.
See the Reference Services
page for more information.
Who can I ask for legal advice in the Law Library?
The Law Library staff does not offer legal advice, nor do we refer visitors
to law professors. Law students are not qualified to provide legal advice.
See the list of local organizations on the Free or Low-Cost Legal Advocacy,
Information, and Referral for King County Residents page for potential
sources of legal advice. UW students may use
Where are the copy machines in the Law Library?
Two self-service, coin-operated copy machines are located on L1 and two
more are on L2. See the Library maps page
for specific locations.
The machines accept dollar bills, change, and the
Quick Copy cards. A Quick Copy card dispenser is located in the copy alcove on
L1, adjacent to the Law Student Lounge. There is no change machine in the building.
Copy Center is located on L2. They accept checks, credit cards, and currency.
The Copy Center staff are also responsible for maintaining the self-copiers on
L1 and L2. Please report paper jams, bad quality copies, and other problems to
there a public phone in the Law Library?
Yes. A public pay phone is located on L2 near the library elevator. Another
public phone is on L1, outside the Library and near the central elevators.
is the policy for copying or adapting on the Legal Research Guides on the
Gallagher Law Library website?
are happy to have our guides used by other libraries, librarians, and
Before copying or adapting one of our guides, please contact Cheryl
Nyberg (cnyberg at u.washington.edu) to obtain permission. Then give appropriate attribution, such as: "Adapted from a guide by
Mary Whisner at the Gallagher Law Library website."
Who can I ask if I have a different question about the Gallagher Law Library?
Contact the Reference Office (206/543-6794). If we don't know the answer, we will refer you
to someone who might.