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.

University Libraries

GW Libraries & Academic Innovation

GW Libraries and Academic Innovation (LAI) is made up of three library buildings. Access to all three buildings is available to all GW students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 

Specialized GW Libraries

Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library is open to GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, and School of Nursing students, residents, faculty and staff

Jacob Burns Law Library reserves exclusive access for GW Law faculty, students, alumni and staff; GW students, faculty and staff who need to use the Law Library's resources to conduct legal research; and students and faculty of OCLC Shares partner institutions.  

Arthur D Jenkins Library at the Textile Museum is open by appointment to visitors of all ages and levels of expertise.

Additional Library Resources

Washington Research Libraries Consortium (WRLC)

In-person borrowing or web requesting through the catalog for current GW students, faculty, and staff is available from WRLC partner libraries. GWorld card required.

Other DC Area Libraries

Library of Congress
Free Reader Registration is required for access to collections.

National Library of Medicine

District of Columbia Public Library
Borrowing is permitted in-person with a D.C. public library card or through Interlibrary Loan. For a list of other local public libraries, see the online directory PublicLibraries.com.

To find out which library has the item you are looking for, search WorldCat, a database including more than 43 million records of items available at U.S. and foreign libraries. Items can be requested through Interlibrary Loan, subject to their owning libraries' policies and borrowing conditions.