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 during service desk staffing hours. A DukeCard is 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 are required to leave.

Thanksgiving Holiday Access & Service Hours

Sunday 11/19 - Tuesday 11/21 Fall access hours
Wednesday 11/22 Library closes at 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 11/23 - Saturday 11/25 Library closed
Sunday 11/26 Fall hours resume at 12:00 p.m.

NOTE: During the holiday closure, current members of the Duke Law community retain 24-hour building access.

Fall 2017 Library Access Hours

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.  

Exceptions: The library will be closed on Monday, September 4 (Labor Day). During Fall Break (Friday 10/6 - Sunday 10/15), library access & service hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Access to Law Library during Reading/Exam Period

During the Law School's Reading & Examination period, 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 2017 Reading/Exam Period Access

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  

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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