Hours & Directions

The Duke Law community enjoys 24-hour access to the Law School and Goodson Law Library with a current DukeCard. Current members of the Duke University community may access the library at the hours listed below. A DukeCard will be required for entrance to the Law School building after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and on the weekend.

The Duke Law School and Goodson Law Library entrances are open to the general public from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. After these hours, only current Duke Law or University students, faculty, and staff are authorized to be in the Law School building; others may be asked to leave.

Access to Law Library during Reading/Exam Period

During the Law School's Reading & Examination period (Friday, December 5 through Friday, December 19), access to the Goodson Law Library for study purposes is restricted to current Law School students, faculty and staff. Visitors who need to access the library for research purposes may visit the library when service desk staff are on duty (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; contact Circulation/Reserve Desk for assistance during staffed evenings and weekends).

Fall 2014 Reading/Exam Period Access (12/4 - 12/19)

Day Duke Law community Duke University & Public Access
Monday - Thursday 24 hours 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 24 hours 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 24 hours  
Sunday 24 hours  

December Holiday/Wintersession Library Service Hours

Note: The Law School building entrances will be locked from Tuesday 12/23 through Friday 1/2. Members of the Duke Law community will retain 24-hour DukeCard access at all times throughout the holiday break; members of the Duke University community may enter the building with a current DukeCard during library service hours.

Monday 12/15 - Friday 12/19 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 12/20 - Sunday 12/21 Library closed
Monday 12/22 - Tuesday 12/23 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12/24 - Thursday 12/25 Library closed
Friday 12/26 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 12/27 - Sunday 12/28 Library closed
Monday 12/29 - Tuesday 12/30 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12/31 - Thursday 1/1 Library closed
Friday 1/2 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 1/3 - Sunday 1/4 Library closed
Monday 1/5 - Friday 1/9 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 1/10 Library closed
Sunday 1/11 Evening/weekend service resumes

Spring 2015 Library Access Hours (begin 1/11)

Day Duke Law community Duke University community General Public
Monday - Thursday 24 hours 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 24 hours 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 24 hours 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
Sunday 24 hours 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  

Visiting the Law Library

For driving directions to the Law School and parking information, see Visiting Duke Law.

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More Information

Circulation Desk
(919) 613-7128 (Hours)
Reference Desk
(919) 613-7121 (Hours)

Mailing Address
J. Michael Goodson Law Library
Duke Law School
210 Science Drive
Box 90361
Durham, NC 27708-0361
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