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General Information

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. Our special collections and staff aim to support the research interests of the GW community, outside
scholars, and the interested public


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, Orange, and Silver 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.

Hours (Spring-Summer 2016) 

Monday: 10 - 5

Tuesday: 10 - 5

Wednesday: 10 - 5; extended hours 5-7 by appointment only. (email speccoll@gwu.edu to request an appointment)

Thursday: 10 - 5

Friday: 10 - 5

Saturday: 12-3, by appointment only. (email speccoll@gwu.edu to request an appointment)

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 speccoll@gwu.edu or call 202-994-7549.

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.

This page is maintained by SCRC • (202) 994-7549