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GW Law Library

The primary goal of the Library staff is to provide the best possible service to the students and faculty of the George Washington University Law School and others using the Library. We encourage you to ask for assistance or information from any Library employee to help us achieve that goal. We also ask that you make suggestions which will assist us in improving our services or collection. Email us at with your questions and comments.

About the Collection

The Jacob Burns Law Library provides researchers with an impressive array of resources from many jurisdictions and in many formats to meet their needs. More than 500,000 volumes form the core of the research collection. In addition, the Library offers a variety of legal and law-related databases and automated indexes to enhance research capabilities. Library patrons can use these many resources to investigate the federal and state laws of the United States, as well as international and selected foreign laws. Particular emphasis has been placed on collecting materials which support the major programs of the Law School, including works on environmental law, intellectual property law, and programs of the federal government. Researchers also will find important resources focusing on international organizations and international human rights.

Research Tools

The Jacob Burns Law Library assists researchers in a variety of ways: by enhancing access to its collection via the library catalog; by subscribing to online journals and content-rich databases; by arranging to borrow materials held elsewhere; and by advising on research methods and resources through documentation and in-person consultations with reference librarians.

>>Search JACOB, our online catalog
>>Browse our online and print Research Guides

Faculty Scholarship Support

The Jacob Burns Law Library connects faculty scholarship research with others through GW Law Scholarly Commons and the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). 

GW Law Scholarly Commons is designed to provide broad public access to the extraordinary body of engaged scholarship and public policy involvement that are the hallmarks of the GW Law community.  It includes working papers, forthcoming publications, and published materials of the GW Law faculty.  It also contains testimony delivered by GW Law faculty before Congressional committees and federal agencies.  It provides access to the some of the many lectures and programs delivered at the Law School, as well as to publications prepared by its many LL.M. programs and centers.
>>GW Law’s Scholarly Commons

The Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) provides a forum through which faculty members can share working papers, forthcoming publications, and published materials.  It is divided into various topical groups, including the Legal Scholarship Network.

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