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.
|Monday & Tuesday||8am - 5pm||9am - 5pm|
|Wednesday & Thursday||8am - 8pm||9am - 5pm|
|Friday*||8am - 4:30pm||9am - 4pm|
|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 2019: June 19 to September 20*
|Monday - Friday||8am - 5pm||9am - 12 pm and 1pm - 3pm|
|Saturday - Sunday||Closed||Closed|
* The summer hours include the Summer and Autumn Breaks.
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.
|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.
Closures and Irregular Hours
Please note that this list will always start with the beginning of the UW academic school year (September).
Last updated: 5/9/2019
|Date / Day / Holiday||Library||Reference Office|
|September 2 / Monday / Labor Day||Closed||Closed|
|September 22 / Sunday||11am-6pm||Closed|
|November 11 / Monday / Veteran's Day||Closed||Closed|
|November 27 / Wednesday||8am-3pm||9am-12pm|
|November 28 / Thursday / Thanksgiving||Closed||Closed|
|November 29 / Friday/ Native American Heritage Day||Closed||Closed|
|December 1 / Sunday||Closed||Closed|
|December 6 / Friday / Friday before Final Exams||8am-6pm||Normal|
|December 9-13 / Monday-Friday||Normal||9 am- 12 pm; 1pm -3pm|
|December 15 / Sunday||Closed||Closed|
|December 16 &17 / Monday & Tuesday/ Beginning of Interim||Closed||Closed|
|December 24 / Tuesday||Closed||Closed|
|December 25 / Wednesday / Christmas||Closed||Closed|
|December 27 / Thursday||Closed||Closed|
|December 31 / Monday||Closed||Closed|
|January 1 / Wednesday / New Year's Day (2020)||Closed||Closed|
|January 20 / Monday / MLK Day (2020)||Closed||Closed|
|February 17 / Monday / Presidents Day (2020)||Closed||Closed|
|March 13 / Friday / Friday before Final Exams (2020)||8am-6pm||Normal|
|March 21 / Monday / First Day of Interim (2020)||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|
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.
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.
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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