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Services @ the Jacob Burns Law Library


Visiting Scholars must have permission prior to using the library.  If you have questions about using the library, please email Deborah Norwood,  Assistant Director for Public Services, at

Visiting Scholars must present their GWorld cards when entering the library.

GW Law Visiting Scholars

Before using the library, you must complete and submit a "Library & Computer Privileges Request" form, which you may obtain from the office of the Associate Dean for International & Comparative Legal Studies.  After the form is submitted, you will be notified by email that you may use the library and that computer privileges, if any, have been established.

Library privileges for GW Law Visiting Scholars are granted for the term approved by the Associate Dean for International & Comparative Legal Studies.  Library privileges may include borrowing books from our collection and use of electronic resources.  Privileges for the law library do not include use of the the Gelman or Himmelfarb libraries; please contact the libraries individually for information about their services.

Once you receive your privileges, see our Guide to Using Online Resources if you need assistance with electronic services.

GW Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars from other University departments must have a current GWorld card to use the library.  Circulation privileges are not given unless the sponsoring department agrees to be liable for any fees or charges incurred from use of the library and its collection.  We do not provide Lexis, Bloomberg Law, or computer services for non-law visiting scholars.  Visiting scholars may use the Westlaw terminal located in the reference commons area, near the reference desk on the library's first floor.

Borrowing, Renewals and Fees

Before they may borrow materials from our collection, all Visiting Scholars at GW--both GW Law and non-law--must be approved for borrowing privileges.  Books may be borrowed from our circulating collection for one semester, except as limited by the expiration of the Visiting Scholar's library record. 

Since we are a research library, many books do not circulate.  For example, reporters and digests do not circulate.  All of our books may be used in the library.

Reserve books circulate for two hours and must be used in the library.

Renew your books before they are overdue.  You may renew online or call us at 202.994.6648.  Overdue books may not be renewed.

Fees:  All books and materials must be returned to the library in good condition prior to the expiration of the Visiting Scholar's stay at GW.  Replacement fees for lost or damaged books are determined on a case-by-case basis.