A look at the new Georgetown Library: Is it better than Lau?
This midterm season, a new option has opened up for students who tire of the brutal Lauinger Memorial Library.
Those who yearn for a more civilized studying experience would be well-advised to head up Wisconsin to the newly reopened Georgetown Public Library. The library, which was destroyed in a fire in 2007, moved from its temporary M Street location to return to its original, 1935-built home at 3260 R Street.
What could the GPL possibly have that Lauinger doesn’t? It’s more of an issue of what the GPL doesn’t have—namely, overachieving underclassmen in their pajamas, a snack machine that is always out of fruit snacks, bathrooms that are constantly in a state of inexplicable disarray, a vampiric lack of natural light … you get the picture.
After the jump, we’ve put together a list of pros and cons to help you decide if you want to ditch Lauinger for the new GPL digs.
- Comfy reading chairs and wide, hardwood tables for studying.
- Three private study rooms can each be reserved for two hours at a time. With glass doors and wide windows, the rooms are a lot less claustrophobic than the cubes in GovDocs.
- The library is than a block away from Einstein Bagels, Safeway and that Starbucks with the rooftop patio.
- Unlike Lauinger, GPL has lots of nice natural light.
- You don’t need your GoCard to get in. (Take that, opera-hopeful-turned-security guard!)
- No underclassmen—yet.
- Lots of available working sockets for power cords.
- A huge selection of DVDs and CDs.
- Library cards are free and can be used at any public library in the city.
- No Midnight Mug—but with Einstein Bagels, Safeway and Starbucks less than a block away, we won’t complain.
- It’s definitely a hike, especially for those who live on the southern side of campus.
- GPL is only suitable for daytime studying; the library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
- Printing is a little pricier at 15 cents per page.
- The library’s book selection is a bit thin. (Missing copies can be ordered from any other D.C. public library.)
Photo: DC Public Library