The 4th, 5th, and 6th floors, including the book stacks, are CLOSED to patrons while we make building improvements. Study space and reservable study rooms are available on the 1st and 2nd (entrance) floors. Books are available via Retrieval and Pick Up. Books located in areas of active work may take an additional 1-2 days to retrieve. 

The Eckles Prize for First Year Research Excellence

This annual prize recognizes students who produce a research project in their first year that demonstrates significant and meaningful use of library services and collections at the George Washington University. For more information on how to apply, the judging criteria, and past winners of the prize, please see the menu on the left. 

First-year students are encouraged to submit a research project of any length or format, along with an essay summarizing how they used library resources to complete the project. Students should submit the one project that reflects their best work of the year. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 submissions:

  • 1st Place: valued at $500
  • 2nd Place: valued at $300
  • 3rd Place: valued at $200

Winners will be announced in late summer. Winning students will present their research at an awards ceremony during the Fall term, and those papers will be included in GW's institutional repository.

The deadline to submit work for consideration for the 2022 Eckles Prize is Monday, May 23rd by midnight.