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Gallagher Law Library Hours

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

Library Hours Calendar

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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

Reference & Legal Research Questions

The Reference Office is open on weekdays and some Sundays. 

UW Law faculty, staff, and students: email, call (206/543-6794), or visit.

All others: email, call (206/543-6794), or visit.

Other Services & Departments

Copy & Send, a fee-based, document delivery service

Gallagher Law Library Staff Directory

When Classes Are in Session

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 - 11pm 9am - 6pm
Friday 8am - 6pm 9am - 5pm
Saturday Closed Closed
Sunday 11am - 6pm 1pm - 6pm


Note: The Circulation Desk closes 15 minutes before the posted closed time. When the Circulation Desk is closed, users cannot check out library material.

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.

Holidays & Special Event Schedule 2015-16 Academic Year

Date / Day / Holiday Library Reference Office
Sept. 30 / Wednesday / 1L Mentor/Mentee Reception, 6pm-8pm (no closure but expect noise) Regular Hours Regular Hours
Nov. 11 / Wednesday / Veteran's Day 8am - 5pm 1pm - 4pm
Nov. 25 / Wednesday / Thanksgiving  8am - 5pm 9am - 5pm
Nov. 26 / Thursday / Thanksgiving Closed Closed
Nov. 27 / Friday / Thanksgiving Weekend Closed Closed
Nov. 29 / Sunday / Thanksgiving Weekend Closed Closed
Dec. 21 / Monday / Library Closed Day Closed Closed
Dec. 22 / Tuesday / Library Closed Day Closed Closed
Dec. 24 / Thursday / Christmas Eve 8am - 12pm 9am - 12pm
Dec. 25 / Friday / Christmas Day Closed Closed
Jan. 1 / Friday / New Year's Day Closed Closed
Jan. 18 / Monday / MLK Day 8am - 5pm 1pm - 4pm
Feb. 15 / Monday / President's Day 8am - 5pm 1pm - 4pm
Mar. 21 / Monday / Library Closed Day Closed  Closed
May 30 / Monday / Memorial Day Closed Closed
June 13 / Monday / Library Closed Day Closed Closed
June 14 / Tuesday / Library Closed Day Closed Closed


When Classes Are Not in Session

2015-2016 Interim Periods:

Autumn-Winter: December 19 to January 3

Winter-Spring: March 19 to March 27

Spring-Summer: June 11 to June 17

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 - 12noon and 1pm - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday Closed Closed


Summer Quarter Hours

This schedule applies when School of Law classes are in session.

Days Library Reference Office
Monday - Wednesday 8am - 7pm 9am - 5pm
Thursday - Friday 8am - 5pm 9am - 5pm
Saturday Closed Closed
Sunday 12noon - 5pm 1pm - 4pm