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Burns Law Library Welcome Guide

Guide for new and returning students.

Beyond Books

Borrow books at the circulation desk plus:

  • Mac and PC chargers
  • Chargers for phones and tablets
  • Bike locks
  • Clip on lamps
  • Quantities are limited, borrowing restrictions apply and fines accrue for special items

Ask us for earplugs.

See our Services @ Jacob Burns Law Library for more information on services for GW Law students.

Visit our Library Zones@Burns Law Library for information about amenities.

Interlibrary Loan & CLS

If our library doesn't have the book you need, borrow through the Consortium Loan Service (CLS), available through your Jacob account.  

If you need an article or a book that is not available through the Consortium Loan Service, request it through our interlibrary loan service.

Copying & Scanning

Scanners are located on Stockton Cellar.  Scanned jobs may be downloaded to a USB drive, sent to your @law.gwu.edu or other email address, or captured by your smart phone or tablet computer.  There is no charge for scanning. 

Photocopiers are located on Lower Level 1 (LL1).  A GWorld card is required to use the machines and a small fee is charged per page. 

Notice: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material; the person using library equipment is liable for any infringement.

Colonial Printing

Printing is available through Colonial Printing services, with several payment optionsLocations for the printer kiosks are:  Library First Floor Alcove, Stuart 203, and the Law Learning Center (LLC) Lobby.  

"Colonial Printing is a cloud-based, wireless printing service enabling you to print from anywhere on or off-campus, and even from your smartphone or tablet.  Simply send your print job to the cloud."

New for Fall semester:  A $30 printing credit for the 2019-2020 academic year is allocated to each enrolled GW student!  Swipe your GWorld card at a printing kiosk starting August 26, 2019, and the credit will be available in your Wepa account.  The credit ensures that you can affordably print required class materials and furthers GW’s commitment to sustainability.

Carrel Lockers for LLM & SJD Students

The library rents carrel lockers for enrolled LLM and SJD students by the semester.  The deposit fee is $10 cash per semester.  The purpose of the locker is for brief storage of books that are checked out from the library; no food or drink may be stored in the locker.  Assignment of a locker does not guarantee that the study space connected to it will be available.  The library reserves the right to inspect the locker at any time.  

Please contact the Library Administration Office for more information about library carrel lockers.