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.

Information for Graduate Students

Welcome to the GW community!  Below, you'll find the resources and services we think will be most helpful for you.  

 

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Ask Us

If you have questions or need help, there are many ways to contact us. Librarians and library staff are always here to help you:

  • In person: Ask Us Desk at the entrance to Gelman Library or the front desk of Eckles Library or the Virginia Science & Technology Campus (VSTC) Library.
  • Email: AskUs@gwu.edu
  • Phone: (202) 994-6048
  • Chat with a librarian
  • Make an appointment for a remote research consultation with a librarian or instructional technologist for more in-depth research assistance.

For more information see the Ask Us page. You can also use the "Ask Us" icon at the top of each webpage.

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Inside the Library Buildings

Hours 

Gelman Library is open 24-hours, 7 days per week, during the academic year to accommodate your busy lifestyle. Hours may change for holidays and intersessions, so please check online

Graduate Student Study Spaces

The Graduate Student Study Room is a quiet study space on the fifth floor of Gelman Library, accessible via a tap of your GWorld card. The Global Resources Center on Gelman's seventh floor is open exclusively to graduate students outside of it's staffed hours, also with your GWorld card. Learn more about available study spaces on the Gelman Learning Spaces page

Reservable Study Rooms

Gelman Library group discussion rooms offer GW students a private, enclosed atmosphere for study groups of two or more. Whiteboards are found in every study room. Reserve your study room. 

Lockers

Lockers are currently available for rent in Gelman Library on the 4th and 5th floors (located in the hallway past the bathrooms) and the Graduate Study Room (Gelman 503). Learn how to rent a locker for the semester or academic year.

 

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Articles, Books, and Other Materials

Find Materials

Use the online catalog to locate books, articles, and journals. Visit the Find Materials page to find databases, videos, course materials, datasets, research guides, including one just for Graduate Students, and many other types of materials. 

Online Resources 

A large percentage of our resources and services are available online, accessible to you wherever you are!

Shared Borrowing with Local Partner Libraries

If we don't have it, one of our local area partner libraries may!  Their print resources will show up in our library catalog -- so you have one-stop searching to find those titles, and, when COVID restrictions are lifted at those schools,  you can go to the libraries to visit, study and check them out, or you can request that the books are brought to your favorite GW Library for pickup.  Access to their online resources will only be available onsite at these libraries.  See Libraries of the Washington Research Library Consortium.

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Software and Technology

Specialized Software

GW students have access to many different software packages depending on your school and program. Library computers are equipped with specialized research and programming tools as well.

Check Out Multimedia Equipment

Video production equipment loan, including cameras, lights, microphones, and smartphone accessories, is available to all GW students, faculty, and staff with a GWorld card. 

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Skill Building: 

We offer regular series of specialized workshops on topics such as data analysis, learning Python, and Adobe Creative Suite. We also offer you access to thousands of useful skill-building videos via LinkedIn Learning and Safari Tech Books.  

 

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Get Help from Anywhere

Chat with a librarian.

Email: Questions will generally be answered in one business day. 

Schedule a Consultation: Get help with a one-on-one meeting, either in person or virtually. You can book a consultation with the next available librarian, by academic subject area, by research tool, or with a specific librarian.

Call: (202) 994-6048