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Services @ the Jacob Burns Law Library

Access

GW students may use the GW Law Library for legal research.  Due to space constraints, GW non-law students are not permitted to study in the library.

Students must present their GWorld cards when entering and will be referred to the reference desk for assistance in locating legal materials.  Prior to visiting the library, we encourage students to browse JACOB, our online catalog, to locate legal materials relevant to their research and to use our research guides on legal topics.

Students who need to use the library for legal research for a semester may ask that their professor email the Assistant Director for Public Services to request semester passes; email dnorwood@law.gwu.edu.

Databases

GW students may use law-related databases from dedicated computers in the law library, including Hein Online, BNA, Intelliconnect (CCH), and RIA.  Some of our databases are available campus-wide.  For more information about these resources, see our Guide to Using Online Resources.

Borrowing, Renewals and Fees

GW Graduate Students:

Come to the library to register to borrow books--when you do, we'll scan the bar code on your GWorld card into your record.  Once your bar code is scanned, you may:

  • "Check My Circulation Record" on JACOB
  • Renew a book one time on JACOB

All of our books may be used in the library.  GW graduate students may check out books from our circulating collection for one semester.  However,  many books may not be checked out, such as reporters and digest. Reserve books circulate for two hours and must be used in the library.

Renew your books before they are overdue.  Overdue books may not be renewed.  Replacement fees for lost or damaged books are determined on a case-by-case basis.

GW Undergraduates and Non-Degree Students:

GW undergraduates and non-degree students are welcome to use the Law Library collection for legal research; however, materials must be used in the library. 

Reserve items circulate for 2 hours and must be used in the library.

Replacement fees for lost or damaged books are determined on a case-by-case basis.