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Services @ the Jacob Burns Law Library

Register with Us

Come to the circulation desk to register--we'll scan the bar code on your GWorld card.  Once your bar code is scanned, you may:

Borrowing, Renewals and Fees

All of our books may be used in the library.  However,  many books cannot be checked out, such as reporters and digests.

Loans:  You may borrow books from our circulating collection for one semester.  Reserve books circulate for two hours and must be used in the library.

Recalls:  If a book is checked out, we encourage you to request it on interlibrary loan.  However, students may recall a book that is checked out.  Please be advised that a recall takes a minimum of 7 days before the book is due back in the library; the time period varies depending on when the book was first checked out.

Renewals:  Renew your books before they are overdue.  An item may be renewed one time.  Overdue books may not be renewed.

Fines and fees:  Replacement fees for lost or damaged books are determined on a case-by-case basis.  Fines will be assessed for overdue books.

Power Charger Borrowing at the Law Library

We lend PC and MAC power charges to GW Law students.  Chargers are available for check-out at the circulation desk.

  • Only GW Law students may borrow these items.  Items may not be borrowed by GW students or by visitors.
  • Due to limited quantities, loan periods are limited and there is no renewal.
  • The loan period for chargers is 4 hours.  Fines will be imposed for each overdue item checked out.
  • Students need to select the appropriate charger; to determine the appropriate equipment, use the charger borrowing chart available at the circulation desk.
  • Be sure to test your device before leaving the circulation desk with the equipment.
  • Contact the library's circulation desk with any questions.

Bloomberg Law/Westlaw/Lexis

To request your ID for access to these services, send an email to eservices@law.gwu.edu.  Your email must include your first and last names, your @law.gwu.edu email address, your GWID, your class year, and the service for which you are requesting an ID.

IDs are provided to currently enrolled law students for the period of their studies at GW Law.  Non-law students enrolled in a course at GW Law and those enrolled in Continuous Enrollment through the Records Office are eligible for an ID, limited to their periods of enrollment.

Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary loan services are only available to GW Law students.

Before requesting a book or a copy of an article, check that we don't have it on the shelf or in a database.  If your book or article is unavailable at our library or through Gelman, you may request an interlibrary loan. 

Register:  Click here to register for our interlibrary loan system. 

Status of Request:  You may check the status of your request by logging in to your interlibrary loan account.  You'll receive an email when your request is received; you must pick up the book within 5 days.  Any restrictions on using a book from another library are included in the email. 

Articles are usually sent as an attachment to your @law.gwu.edu email account.