Riggs Library in Georgetown University's Healy Hall
Georgetown University News Service - Bob Young, Jr.
When Riggs Library opened in 1891, seniors (allowed in on Wednesdays and Saturdays only) could not check out books or even enter the alcoves to browse. Graduate students, who were at least allowed every day, were subject to the same restrictions. And freshmen, sophomores, and juniors were barred from the Library entirely and had to request books through their professors. The restrictions were gradually eased and, beginning in the late 1930s, students “in good standing” could browse the stacks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – if they asked permission.
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