The Special Collections Research Center's mission is to collect, preserve, and make accessible primary resources and rare or unique materials to all researchers regardless of institutional affiliation.
The Special Collections Research Center is located on the seventh floor of the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library of George Washington University, 2130 H Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20052. We are open to the public, though non-GW visitors will be required to show a photo ID at the library entrance and inform entrance staff they are here to visit Special Collections.
The university's Visiting Campus website offers maps, directions, local lodging and dining options, and more. The list of University parking areas, including visitor-specific spaces, may also be helpful.
We are conveniently located near the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metrorail stop (Blue and Orange lines). Numerous bus lines which serve the central business district also provide access to the campus. For more information about public transportation, please check the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority website (aka "Metro") for timetables, stations, and bus stop locations.
Monday: 10 - 5
Tuesday: 10 - 5
Wednesday: 10 - 8
Thursday: 10 - 5
Friday: 10 - 5
Saturday: by appointment only.
Materials to be used must be requested in advance for Saturday visits. Appointments are available on Saturdays for research between the hours of 10 am - 1 pm, except on holiday weekends. Saturday appointments must be made no later than 5 pm the Wednesday before. To make an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-994-7549.
Service hours may be affected by special events or holidays. Check the Department's blog, Gelman Library's hours page, or call the Special Collections Research Center's main phone line (202-994-7549) to confirm service hours before planning a research trip.
Requesting and Using Collections
Please review our Planning Your Visit page for infomation on how to request and use material from the Special Collections Research Center.