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Services @ the Jacob Burns Law Library

Source Collecting

Use our LibGuides on Journal Articles Research and Burns Law Library Databases, A-Z List to help locate PDF documents available in our databases.

Journal Hold Shelf

Students working on a journal project may leave books from the library collection at the circulation desk to be placed on the journal hold shelf for the designated editor.  The editor will receive a notice when books are ready for pick-up.   

Designated journal editors with proxy privileges may send emails to docservices@law.gwu.edu for retrieval of books in the law library's collection for journal projects.  This service is available Monday - Friday.

Emails by an editor must include title, call number and location for each book requested.  Library staff will retrieve books and place them on the journal hold shelf.   The editor will receive a notice when books are ready for pick-up.  Books requested by noon will be placed on the hold shelf by 3pm.  Books requested after noon will be placed on the hold shelf the following business day by 3pm.

Books are reshelved 5 days from the date of the pick up notice.  Books located in the reserve section may not be placed on the journal hold shelf.  The maximum for each journal is 20 books on the journal hold shelf. 

Borrowing, Renewals and Fees

Books borrowed from the Law Library

Each journal may designate one staff member, usually one editor, to check out books on behalf of the journal.  This editor will be given proxy borrowing privileges; privileges include an increased number of books that may be borrowed, over the normal limit, and books borrowed in the Fall will be automatically renewed until the end of Spring semester. Proxy forms are available at the circulation desk and must be signed by the advising faculty member.  

If you borrow a book in your name for your journal, however, you are responsible for the book.  Books borrowed in your name are subject to student loan rules.

Books borrowed from another library

After setting up an editor's proxy borrowing record, journals may create an interlibrary loan borrowing record in the editor's name to make interlibrary loan requests on behalf of the journal.  

If you borrow a book in your name for your journal, however, you are responsible for the book.

Terms of the loan are set by the lending library.  Terms include the loan period, whether a book may be renewed, whether a book or material is library use only, and whether a book may be photocopied; loans may also include other terms.  Fines and replacement fees for lost or damaged materials are the responsibility of the borrower and are set by the lending library.