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COVID-19 and The GW Law Library

Effective Monday, March 23, the Jacob Burns Law Library will be closed to help flatten the COVID-19 infection curve.

View the two guides below for information during this period.

GW Law Library COVID-19 Operations

Information for Students Regarding Online Learning

These guides provide starting points for researching a legal topic, identifying relevant resources in the Burns Law Library collection and beyond. For additional research assistance, go to the Library website.

Library & Reference Service Hours

Spring 2020 Reference Service schedule*:

  • Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: 10am - 5pm

*As of 3/16/20. Hours may vary; please call 202.994.6647 to confirm hours of operation. 

Ways to obtain reference assistance:

See the GWU Law Library COVID-19 Operations guide for more information.

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Reference Librarians offer classroom-based sessions on specific research topics for students writing papers. The following classes were offered spring semester (contact the librarian for the recording link):


Developing a Paper Topic
Thurs., Jan. 23, 2020: Noon - 1:00 pm
Location: S304

Contact: Karen Wahl,

Research Essentials
Thurs., Jan. 30, 2020:  Noon - 1:00 pm
Location: S304

Contact: Traci Emerson,


Introduction to the Bluebook
Thurs., Feb. 27, 2020:  Noon - 1:00 pm
Location: S304

Contact: Mary Kate Hunter,