During operating hours, building access is available to GW students, faculty, and staff who have completed all of the steps outlined on GW's Onward website. No one will be allowed to sign in without a physical GWorld card or enter the library if their GWorld card tap is denied. Library access is not available for alumni or visitors. Masks are required inside all library buildings.
The Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library is the largest library on GW's Foggy Bottom campus, serving the needs of students, faculty, staff, researchers, and alumni.
The seven-story building was constructed in the Brutalist architectural style and opened in 1973. In 1980, an endowment was established in the name of Melvin Gelman, A.B. ’40, a longstanding supporter of the University, and the library became the Melvin Gelman Library. After the death of GW Trustee Emerita and philanthropist Estelle Gelman in 2010, the library received its current name, the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, in her honor.
Gelman is located at the corner of 22nd and H Streets, with the entrance through Kogan Plaza. The building serves as a campus hub for academic support and resources, housing Academic Commons, the GW Writing Center, the Instructional Technology Lab, the CREATE Digital Studio, the National Churchill Leadership Center, the Special Collections Research Center, the Global Resources Center, and the Teamsters Labor History Center, along with the traditional library services of a top-tier academic research library.