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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

GWU Law Library COVID-19 Operations

Access to the Library

Effective Monday, March 23, the library is closed.  We continue to offer services remotely.

Staff are present to accept deliveries, including those made by Staples, UPS, FedEx, USPS and other commercial delivery services.  Please knock on the door for assistance or phone 202.994.6648.

Reference Services

Reference services are available by email, chat, and text.  Librarians may be available by appointment through Google Meet.

  • Email:
  • Chat
  • Text:  202-999-3685

Reference Service Hours

Reference service is available:

  • Monday - Friday - 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday - Sunday - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Access to Materials at Burns Law Library and Interlibrary Resource Sharing

Please see our Interlibrary Resource Sharing guide for full information regarding obtaining loans and/or copies of material from this library and through interlibrary loan.

Please note that many libraries have suspended services so it may be difficult to find libraries willing to lend or copy.  For the GW Law faculty, staff and students, we will contact patrons upon receiving their requests to determine if they wish to have print materials sent to them by UPS.


See our Interlibrary Resource Sharing guide for complete information on requesting copies from items owned by Burns law library. 

Course Reserve items

  • Faculty may request scans that they can place on the portal page for their courses.  If an entire casebook is needed, the library first will check to see if an ebook version from the publisher can be made available to students.  If an ebook version is not available, the staff will make scans and there will be no limitations on the number of pages scanned.  Faculty requesting scans should send an email to and include title, publication year, and page numbers in the message.
  • Students may submit requests for course reserve material.  Scans from reserve items will be limited to 20 pages per book per day for any student.  We suggest that students not owning casebooks and unable to find electronic versions ask their faculty members to request scans from the library to post on their class portal page for access by all students in a class.  See Interlibrary Resource Sharing guide.


Burns Collection:  Excludes any non-circulating items and course reserve and reserve materials.  Send a request using the "ILL" link in the library catalog, JACOB.   We will check the item out to you and ship it to your preferred address via UPS.

Interlibrary Loan:  Submit an ILL request via JACOB or WORLDCAT.  We will contact you for your preferred shipping address. 
CLS:  Requests for physical items have been suspended at this time. For copies, it is best to submit an ILL request.


Any shipping service may be used, as long as there is a tracker on the package.  Mail to:

Jacob Burns Law Library
The George Washington University
Attn: Document Services
716 20th St. NW
Washington, DC 20052


View your circulation record online by signing into your library account.  Due dates are extended to May 31, 2020, for all items borrowed from the GW Law Library by GW Law students, GW Law Visiting Scholars and GW University patrons.  Items borrowed from the GW Law Library by GW Law faculty will automatically be renewed on May 15.

The circulation desk can be reached at 202-994-6648.  Return books to the library using a tracking service like UPS, FedEx or Priority Mail.  Ship to:

Jacob Burns Law Library
The George Washington University
Attn: Document Services
716 20th St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

See the Electronic Information for Online Learning guide to find out more about electronic textbooks and study aids. 

To get Burns Law Library materials shipped to you, see Interlibrary Resource Sharing and Document Delivery.

Online Learning