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Alumni Access

The Jacob Burns Law Library offers a variety of services to GW Law alumni.  We welcome alumni to visit the library and to take advantage of the library’s extensive resources, which comprise more than 600,000 volumes and a wide range of electronic resources.  Here’s how to contact us:

Ask a Question

We’re available for consultation on research strategy.  Ask us!   Visit us at the reference desk or make an appointment with an individual librarian.  Call us, send us an email or chat with us:

Visit our guide, Services @ the Jacob Burns Law Library for more information about services for alumni.  Find our hours here.

Come to the Law Library

We welcome GW Law alumni to use the library.  Present your GWorld alumni card or GW Law alumni card to enter; if you don’t have a card, we’ll ask you to make a brief stop at the reference desk.   Information about GWorld alumni cards is available here.  Information about GW Law alumni benefits is available here.

Borrow Materials

Borrow materials as a Friend of the Jacob Burns Law Library.  Find information about becoming a Friend here.

We also loan books and make photocopies through Burns Dispatch, a fee-based service.  No need to be in the D.C. Metro area–we send materials around the country.  Just email dispatch@law.gwu.edu to request material from our collection.  Find more information about Burns Dispatch, including copyright permission requirements, here .

Search Westlaw & Other Databases at the Law Library

Through a special arrangement with West, GW Law alumni may use Westlaw at no charge, via a dedicated computer located on the first floor of the library.  While this service does not provide access to all Westlaw  databases, it does provide access to federal and state legal materials, journals and law reviews, and major secondary publications.

GW Law alumni may also use other popular databases from dedicated computers at the law library including Hein Online, BNA, Intelliconnect (CCH) and RIA.  For more information about these services, see our list of databases here.

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