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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

Services @ the Jacob Burns Law Library

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: ask@law.gwu.libanswers.com
  • Chat
  • Text:  202-999-3685

Reference Service Hours

Reference service is available:‚Äč

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

Reference service is closed:

  • Saturday - Sunday, May 23 - May 24
  • Sunday, June 28
  • Friday - Sunday, July 3 - July 5

Email: ask@law.gwu.libanswers.com

Special Services for GW Law Alumni

Westlaw and Bloomberg Law

GW Law alumni may use Westlaw and Bloomberg Law at no charge via dedicated computers located on the first floor of the Law Library.  While these services may not provide access to all Westlaw or Bloomberg Law databases,they both provide access to many of their features including major secondary publications.  GW Law alumni may obtain the log on key for the respective service from the circulation desk (1st floor).

Specialized Legal Databases

GW Law alumni may also use other popular databases from dedicated computers in the law library on the first floor, including HeinOnline and Cheetah (Wolters Kluwer).  For more information about these resources, see our Online Databases, Books, Journals and Articles at the Burns Law Library.

Off-campus access is available for the Hein Online Law Journal Collection, through the GW Law alumni portal.  Log in to the the Alumni Community, then use the drop down menu for Benefits & Services to click on GW Law Library Resources.  Follow the instructions to sign into Hein Online.

Burns Dispatch

Burns Dispatch is our not-for-profit, fee based service for reproduction or circulation of items in our collection.  Use Burns Dispatch to request items from the law library. 

In the D.C. Metro area or across country--we send books by UPS or we email photocopies as PDF attachments.  Copyright restrictions apply to requests for reproduction.

Email or send your request by fax to: