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Gallagher Law Library Hours

This page lists the hours that the Gallagher Law Library and its Reference Office are open.

When Classes Are in Session

Regular School Year Hours

The following schedule applies during Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. See the Summer Quarter Hours, below, for other hours when School of Law classes are in progress during the summer.

Days Library Reference Office
Monday & Tuesday 8am - 5pm 9am - 5pm
Wednesday & Thursday 8am - 8pm 9am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm 9am - 4pm
Saturday Closed Closed
Sunday 11am - 6pm Closed


Note: The Circulation Desk and the Reference Office close 15 minutes before the posted closed time. When the Circulation Desk is closed, users cannot check out library materials. The Reference Office also goes on interim hours the last week of classes and finals week, please check the interim schedule below for hours. 

After Hours Access (UW Law Community Only): Using your Husky card all UW Law faculty, staff, and students have 24/7 access to the library. Be aware that Gates Hall is closed between 1 am and 6 am but UW Law Community can return to the library if already inside the building during this time. 

See the University of Washington School of Law Academic Calendar for dates of instruction, exams, and holidays.

Note that the Law Library may be closed to the public on certain dates and times when a social function is being held in the Library. See the Closures and Irregular Hours section, below, for information about specific closures.

Summer Hours

Summer 2019: June 16 to September 20*

Please check the Closures and Irregular Hours section for varying schedule changes. 

Days Library Reference Office
Monday-Wednesday & Friday 9am - 5pm 9am - 12 pm and 1pm - 3pm
Thursday  9-am - 5pm 9 am- 11 am and 1pm - 3pm
Saturday - Sunday Closed Closed






* The Reference Office summer hours start on May 29th, 2019.

When Classes Are Not in Session

2019-2020 Interim Periods

Winter Break: December 14 to January 5

Spring Break: March 21 to March 29

Interim is the period between the end of one academic quarter and the beginning of the next academic quarter.

Please check the Closures and Irregular Hours section for varying schedule changes. 

Library Hours During Interim

Days Library Reference Office
Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm
Saturday - Sunday* Closed Closed




Holidays & Special Event Schedule 2019-2020

Closures and Irregular Hours

Please note that this list will always start with the beginning of the UW academic school year (September). 


Date / Day / Holiday Library     Reference Office
August 2 / Friday / Closed Closed Closed
August 26 / Monday / First Day of Interim Closed Closed

Contact Us

Got questions? We have answers!

The Gallagher Law Library is open to members of the University of Washington community, attorneys and other legal researchers, and members of the public. We suggest that first-time visitors and others with questions about using the Library and/or legal research come to the Library when the Reference Office is open.

Circulation Department

The Circulation Desk is staffed while the library is open, but stops checking out materials fifteen minutes before the library closes. To speak to the Circulation Desk about library account or general library inquiries, call (206/543-4086). More about Circulation Services. 

Legal Research Questions

The Reference Office is open Monday through Friday, but stops taking questions fifteen minutes before closing. 

Information about our services and how to contact us is available here.

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