200 Million and Counting

In November 2019, a milestone was reached in the world of libraries and interlibrary resource sharing:  the submission of the 200 millionth request from a library to obtain a copy of an article needed by one of its faculty.  The library that placed that request was...

Rosa Parks Arrested: December 1, 1955

Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to obey an Alabama law and city ordinance that required African Americans to sit at the back of the bus and to give up their seats on the bus to make room for white passengers.  Mrs. Parks was an active...

Rare Books Amplify Learning

GW undergraduate students enrolled in the freshman writing course Art in the Age of Shakespeare visited the Law Library on November 15 to see law books printed during Shakespeare’s lifetime, and to view the exhibition The Duel in History: Laws, “Codes,” and Censure....

Welcome to GW Law Library, Traci Emerson!

We'd like to welcome our new Reference & Foreign International Law Librarian, Traci Emerson! Traci was able to jump right into the swing of things this Fall 2019. She's already making her impact on the students, faculty and staff! Although she's camera shy......

A Word from the Director | No. 1

GW Law Library Director, Scott Pagel, is starting a...
Celebrate the Freedom to Read:  Banned Books Week

Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week

Observe Banned Books Week this week, September 23-29.  Banned Books Week draws attention to attempts at censorship by restricting access to books across the country.  Sponsors for the week include the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association,...

2018 National Book Festival – Sept. 1

2018 National Book Festival – Sept. 1

Spread the Joy of Reading! Join the 2018 National Book Festival on September 1 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Festival includes visits with many authors.  A presentation by Supreme Court Justice Sonia...

Welcome to the Jacob Burns Law Library

Welcome to the Jacob Burns Law Library

Welcome! New to law school? The Law Library — your library — has a number of materials to help you succeed, including our online guides about services to law students:  the Burns Law Library Welcome Guide and Services @ the Jacob Burns Law Library  Our research...

Law Day: Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom

Law Day: Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom

Today, May 1, is Law Day, "an annual commemoration first held in 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhynes envisioned a special national day to mark our nation’s commitment to the rule of law. The following year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued...



Wherever the summer months take you--in the D.C. area or across the globe--we're here to help all summer long!  Reach us by phone, text, email or chat: Phone:  202.994.6647 Email:  ask@law.gwu.libanswers.com Text:  202.999.3685 Chat Find help with our Library...

National Library Week, April 8 – 14, 2018

National Library Week, April 8 – 14, 2018

Sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types, National Library Week was first celebrated in 1958.  This year's theme - Libraries Lead - focuses on the role that libraries play in their communities.  Libraries are at the forefront of...

Lame Duck Sessions and the Twentieth Amendment

Lame Duck Sessions and the Twentieth Amendment

The Twentieth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified on January 23, 1933, set the end dates for terms of elected federal officials and the beginning date for each Congressional session.  Terms for President and Vice President end at noon on the 20th day...

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