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Coronavirus Response: Home

Fall 2020

Welcome Back

Boley Law Library Entrance, Summer 2020All of us at the Boley Law Library are pleased to welcome our students, faculty, and staff back to campus. We are doing everything we can to provide our spaces and services in the safest possible ways. In addition to the Law School and the College reopening guidelines, we will have reduced occupancy limits, a new seat reservation system, expanded virtual reference (even a virtual Boleypalooza), our new self-checkout system, increased airflow and cleaning, and more.

We've a number of exciting changes on the way to help ensure we remain open and safe. Read on and in the associated tabs for all of our plans. Be sure to send us your questions and comments. Let's all keep up the beloved Three Ws: Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Watch your distance. And know how much we are looking forward to seeing and working with you all this year.


The Law Library

The Boley Law Library building is restricted to Lewis & Clark Law School students, faculty, and staff. Taking classes remote-only this semester? We still are providing all of our services virtually, including research and instruction. To our extended community, though we've no choice but to limit physical access to the library to the Law School students, faculty, and staff, we are still providing access to as many of our services as possible. Follow these links to our services for LC Law alumni, local attorneys, and the general public.

Building Hours

Aug. 17–Aug 29: First-year Students Only

Mon–Fri: 9 am – 5 pm
Sat–Sun: Closed

Virtual reference: Mon–Fri: Noon – 5 pm

Aug. 30–Thanksgiving: Lewis & Clark Law School Students, Faculty, and Staff Only

Mon-Thu: 7 am – 10 pm
Fri: 8 am – 8 pm
Sat: 10 am – 7 pm
Sun: 10 am – 10 pm

Virtual reference: Mon–Fri: 10 am – 4 pm

Seating: Online Reservation System

County and state rules currently limit each room to a maximum of 25-seats, social distancing allowing. So this year we are introducing a new, online Single Seat Booking system. You will need to reserve a study space in order to study in Boley or Wood Hall. No seats available? There will be open seating in the LRC student lounge. And on nice days you cannot beat our ampitheater. It's like a Greek theatron, except for reading caselaw.

Available seating:

Boley Reading Room: 25 seats (mix of tables and carrels)

Boley Atrium: 6 seats (tables)

Wood Hall Reading Room: 7 seats (tables)

Wood Hall Study Rooms: 8 seats (one per room)

Masks, Cleaning, Air Handling

Masks are required to be worn at all times, except for when they cannot be worn for accessibility or equity reasons, or when alone in a study room. All staff have access to clear masks and face shields when necessary for communication. 

Common areas will be regularly disinfected by staff. Hand sanitizer and disinfection supplies will be located throughout the study areas for student use. Social distancing is required, and all seats are located well over six-feet away from each other.

Our HVAC systems have been set to introduce and circulate 100% outside air, and all filters have been changed. One tradeoff for all this fresh air: you may find the library a bit cooler on cold days (bring a sweater), and perhaps a bit warmer on warm days (still, please dress appropriately...). See also the LC Health and Safety Expectations for All Community Members.

Food and Drink

While masks are required, food and drink — except with a straw — may not be consumed in the Law Library. Take a break! You'll enjoy lunch and snack time much more outside or in the student lounge. Need a straw? Stop by the Law Library Front Desk and pick up your reusable stainless steel Boley straw.



New: Self-Checkout Kiosk

We have a self-checkout kiosk located in the Boley Atrium (by the former puzzle wall). Just like at your public library, you can now checkout your own books, study aids, and reserve items without having to communicate through those awkward masks and shields. Give it a try, and if you run into any problems just ask at the front desk.


We will have casebooks, other course texts, chargers, and of course happy lights available for three-hour checkout as usual. Unlike our regular circulating material that will be quarantined for four days upon return (see below), we recognize the need for access to these course materials on a daily basis. In exchange for providing these materials, we have added a few additional requirements:

  • Wash or sanitize hands before and after use
  • All reserve items are limited to in-library/Wood Hall/classroom use only
  • Masks must be worn when using these items at all times

Pick up and return all Reserves at the Law Library front desk.

Request Books: Boley, Watzek, Summit, and Interlibrary Loan

Students, staff, and faculty may request books from the Boley Law Library, Watzek Library, our Summit partners, and via Interlibrary Loan. As always, start with the Primo Catalog, and if you have any questions or could use a hand contact a research librarian via chat, zoom, email, or phone. And, in a change from past practice, all of your holds will be waiting on our new open-pickup shelves across from the circulation desk. Grab your book and check it out at our kiosk or on the self-checkout app. Easy peasy.

Are you a remote-only student? If you cannot come to campus let us know and we will work with you on getting your research materials to you, digitally when we can, by delivery or mail when only analog will do.

Please return all non-reserve books and other materials to the drop box just outside the Boley front doors. Any fines or fees accumulated this summer will be cleared. Please don't worry if any show up on your account. We'll be clearing those out as the semester gets going and all of our borrowed items are returned.




All of our reference services remain online. Librarians are available via chat, Zoom, email, or phone, with expanded hours from 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday. Working on a large project or need time to really work through a problem? Make a Zoom reference appointment from our home page or the link on the right column of this page.

Online Resources

All of our online study aids, databases, and ebooks are available from on- or off-campus. Find links and more from our Remote Access to Resources page and the specialized tabs and pages on this site.

Teaching and Instruction

First year students will see instructional librarians in your Lawyering classes throughout the semester. Keep an eye out for the return of our virtual, certified, and expanded Prepare to Practice series. Also, our two Fall librarian-led courses, Legal Research: Environmental (Truman) and Legal Research: Foreign and International (Hitchcock), are now being taught completely online.


Questions? Check out this website, contact a reference librarian, and please feel free to reach out directly to me anytime at or 503-768-6870

Rob Truman
Associate Dean and Director
Paul L. Boley Law Library

Research Help

The building is closed, but we are here to help. Contact a research librarian for help with an assignment, project, or resource. 

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Library Hours

Virtual Reference Hours:
           M-F: 9am-5pm
           Sat: Closed
           Sun: Closed 

Summer Virtual Hours (7/27-8/28):
           M-F: Noon-5pm 
           Sat: Closed 
           Sun: Closed
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