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D.C. Area Libraries

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Georgetown University Libraries

Lauinger Library

Address: Corner of 37th and N Streets NW, Washington, DC 20057-1036
Phone: 202-687-7607
Hours: M-Th 8am-Midnight; F 8am-10pm; Sat. 8am-10pm; Sun. 8am-Midnight
Notes: Law students can check out books here.

Dahlgren Library

Address: Medical Science Building, GM7
3900 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-687-1448
Hours: Open 24/7 to GU students, faculty, and staff.
Notes: Law students, faculty, and staff may use the online resources provided by DML.  

Bioethics Research Library

Address: 37th & O Street NW, 102 Healy Hall, Washington, DC 20057-1212
Phone: 202-687-3885
Hours: M-F 11am-5pm
Notes: Open to all GU students, faculty, and staff with a current GU ID (GOCard).

Law Libraries

Alexandria Law Library 

Address: Suite LL34, 520 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-746-4077
Notes: Open to the public. Westlaw and Lexis terminals available.

American University Law Library

Address: 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-274-4300
Hours: M-F 9am-9pm; Sat. & Sun. 10am-9pm
Notes: Open to public for legal research except during AU's exam period. The AU metro stop is on the Red Line and buses are available near the stop to take you to campus. Neighborhood parking is not permitted; fee parking in law school garage may be available.

Anne Arundel Law Library 

Address: Suite 303, 8 Church Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-222-1387
Notes: Open to the public. Lexis & Westlaw terminals available.

Catholic University Law Library

Address: 3600 John McCormick Road NE, Washington, DC 20064 
Phone: 202-319-5156
Hours: M-F 7am-11:45pm; Sat. & Sun. 9am-11:45pm
Notes: Currently open only to members of the CUA Law School community. Located 200 years from the Brookland/CUA metro stop (two stops from Union Station) on Red Line. 

D.C. Superior Court Law Library

Address: 500 Indiana Avenue NW, Room 6735, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-879-1435
Notes: Temporary closed.  Please check the DC Court Libraries website for updates.

Fairfax Law Library

Address: 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 115, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-246-2170
Notes: Open to the public. Westlaw terminal available.

George Mason Law Library

Address: 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-993-8120
Notes: Open to Bar Members.

George Washington Law Library 

Address: 716 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-6648
Hours: M-Th 9am-9:45pm; F-Sun. 9am-5:45pm
Notes: Georgetown Law students are allowed to have access to George Washington Law Library but need to present their student photo IDs.   For more information, see students from OCLC participating institutions.

Howard University Law Library

Address: 2929 Van Ness Street NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-806-8045
Hours: M-F 7am-11pm; Sat. 9am-10pm; Sun. 11am-11pm
Notes: Open to the public for legal research. Van Ness metro stop on the Red Line.

Law Library of Congress

Address: 101 Independence Avenue SE, Madison Building, 2nd Floor, SE 20540
Phone: 202-707-5079
Hours: M-Sat. 8:30am-5pm; Retrieval service ends at 4pm
Notes: Best place for international and foreign law materials not available in Georgetown Law Library. Be prepared to spend some time here as many items must be requested from the closed stacks. A Library of Congress Reader Registration card is required to visit the Reading Rooms. Review the information for researchers page (especially the strict rules about personal belongings such as laptops) before visiting. Bring a photo ID.

Montgomery County Law Library

Address: 50 Maryland Avenue, Room 3420, Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 240-777-9120
Hours: M-F 8am-5pm
Notes: Open to the public. Access to Westlaw and Lexis terminals.

Prince George's County Circuit Court Library

Address: 14735 Main Street, Room M-1400, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Phone: 301-952-3438 
Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
Notes: Open to the public. Lexis and Westlaw only for attorneys. 

Thurgood Marshall State Law Library

Address: 361 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-260-1430 
Hours: MWF 8am-4:30pm; T, Th 8am-9pm; Sat. 9am-4pm
Notes: Open to the public. Lexis and Westlaw terminals available. 

University of District of Columbia Law Library

Address: 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-274-7310
Hours: M-F 9 am-7 pm; Sun. 11 am-7 pm
Notes: Open to the public for legal research. 

Non-Law Libraries

​Library of Congress

Address: 10 First Street SE, Jefferson Building, Washington, DC 20540
Phone: 202-707-5000
Hours: Consult the online hours for the Reading Room that you are visiting.
Notes: Be prepared to spend some time here as many items must be requested from the closed stacks. A Library of Congress Reader Registration card is required to visit the Reading Rooms. Review the information for researchers page (especially the strict rules about personal belongings such as laptops) before visiting. Bring a photo ID.

University of Maryland McKeldin Library

Address: UMD Campus, 7649 S. Library Lane, College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-0800
Hours: M-Th 8am-10pm; Fri. 8am-6pm; Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 2pm-10pm
Notes: Easy parking; ½ hour walk from College Park stop on Green Line (buses available at metro to take you to campus). University of Maryland Law Library is in Baltimore.

D.C. Public Library - Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Address: 901 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-727-0321
Hours: M-Th 10am-8pm; Fri.-Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 1-5pm
Notes: Washingtonian Room is a good source of items published about DC or by Washingtonians. People who are DC Residents, work in DC, attend school in DC, or pay DC taxes may apply for borrowing privileges.

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Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle

Georgetown University Libraries are open to Georgetown Law students with a valid GoCard.  You can take the free Law Center GUTS shuttle route bus to the Main Campus.

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