About The Library

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The Jacob Burns Law Library is named for Jacob Burns, LLB ’24, LLD ’70, a generous supporter of GW Law and longtime trustee of the University. Burns (1902-1993) was renowned as a lawyer, artist, and philanthropist. His gift of the Jacob Burns Law Library is just one of several examples of his significant contributions to the “uplifting and maintenance of the legal profession,” and his fearless advocacy of the principle of “equal justice under the law.”

It offers a research collection rich in the historic and contemporary legal materials of America, as well as international and comparative materials. The Law Library’s holdings of more than 700,000 volumes (and equivalents) and its wide range of electronic resources provide researchers with a wealth of legal information.

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 ask@law.gwu.libanswers.com with your questions and comments.