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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 - 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. 

*Fridays: the Friday before exams week, the library will remain open until 6:00 pm. See the Closures and Irregular Hours section for specific dates. 

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 Holiday & Special Event Schedule, below, for information about specific closures.

Summer Hours

Hours While Summer Classes Are in Session

Summer 2018: June 18 to August 17

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



When Classes Are Not in Session

2018-2019 Interim Periods

Break Following Summer Quarter: August 20 to September 22

Winter Break: December 15 to January 7

Spring Break: March 23 to March 30

Break Preceding Summer Quarter: June 15 to June 23

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

Library Hours During Interim

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




* The library will be open the day before Spring Quarter, March, 31st. 

Holidays & Special Event Schedule 2018-2019

Closures and Irregular Hours

Date / Day / Holiday Library     Reference Office
August 20 / Monday / First Day of Interim Closed Closed
September 3 / Monday / Labor Day Closed Closed
September 23 / Sunday 11am-6pm Closed
November 12 / Monday / Veteran's Day Closed Closed
November 21 / Wednesday 8am-3pm 9am-12pm
November 22 / Thursday / Thanksgiving Closed Closed
November 23 / Friday Closed Closed
November 25 / Sunday Closed Closed
December 7 / Friday / Friday before Final Exams 8am-6pm Normal
December 10-14 / Monday-Friday Normal 9 am- 12 pm; 1pm -3pm 
December 16 / Sunday Closed Closed
December 17 &18 / Monday & Tuesday/ Beginning of Interim Closed Closed
December 24 / Monday Closed Closed
December 25 / Tuesday / Christmas Closed Closed
December 26 / Wednesday Closed Closed
December 31 / Monday Closed Closed
January 1 / Tuesday / New Year's Day Closed Closed
January 21 /  Monday / MLK Day Closed  Closed
February 1 / Friday / Library Event  8am-4pm Normal 
February 10 / Sunday / Suspended Operations  Closed Closed 
February 11 / Monday / Suspended Operations  Closed  Closed 
February 12 / Tuesday / Suspended Operations  Closed Closed
February 18 / Monday / Presidents Day Closed Closed
March 15 / Friday / Friday before Final Exams 8am-6pm Normal
March 25 / Monday / First Day of Interim Closed Closed
May 27 / Monday / Memorial Day Closed Closed
June 7 / Friday / Friday before Final Exams 8am-6pm Normal
June 17 / Monday / First Day of Interim Closed Closed
June 18 / Tuesday / Second Day of Interim Closed Closed
July 4 / Thursday / Independence Day 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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