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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.

Welcome to the Law Library

We are here to provide information assistance to the GW Law faculty and students.  We also encourage GW Law alumni and Friends of the Jacob Burns Law Library to use our services.  Please ask us if you have a question about legal research or about library services and operations.

Contact Us

We are located on the main campus, in historic Foggy Bottom:


Jacob Burns Law Library

The George Washington University

716 20th St., N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20052


Main Phone:  202.994.6648 (Circulation Desk)



Ask Us


Text:  202.999.3685


Interlibrary Resource Sharing


Consortium Loan Service


Burns Dispatch:  202.994.2768

  • Fax:  202.994.0433
  • Fee-based document delivery service for attorneys, law firms and other commercial enterprises


View your circulation record online by signing into your library account.  Due dates are extended to August 31, 2020, for all items borrowed from the GW Law Library by GW Law students who are registered for Summer and/or Fall, GW Law Visiting Scholars whose expiration dates are beyond August 31, 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   

While the library is not open for patron use, members of the library staff have been working on-site throughout the coronavirus pandemic.  We are available to receive the return of library material during operational hours, Monday - Friday, 9am – 5pm.  Place library material on the book return cart at the library's first-floor entrance.  A staff member will retrieve the returned items from the cart and check them in.

See the Information for Students Regarding Virtual Learning guide for additional information about electronic textbooks and study aids. 

Off-Site Storage

We will retrieve items located at off-site storage if the item is not available in PDF, is not available online directly from the publisher or is not available as a reprint.  Please ask us if you have questions about retrieval of special requests from off-site storage.

Library Statement on Confidentiality