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 Virginia Science & Technology Campus (VSTC) Library is located at the George Washington University’s branch campus off Route 7 in Ashburn, Virginia. The library is housed on the first floor of Enterprise Hall (Suite 179). It is an integrated part of the GW Libraries and shares the same policies, digital resources, and access to research assistance as the Gelman Library (main campus) and Eckles Library (Mount Vernon Campus).
The VSTC Library serves the GW community with a special focus on our current students, faculty, GW sponsored researchers, staff and alumni who live, work, and take classes in Loudoun County. Our very small size and our relaxed, suburban campus setting provide a quiet atmosphere to support deep focus and academic study.
During Fall Term 2021, entrance to VSTC Library study space is available 24/7 to GW students, faculty, and staff who have a physical GWorld card enabled for campus access. A mask covering the mouth and nose is required at all times inside library spaces. Onsite staff assistance is available weekdays, 9:30am - 6:00pm. There is no access for alumni, visitors from Consortium partner institutions, or the general public for any reason.
Students, staff and faculty using library spaces outside of regular business hours agree to abide by library conduct policies while working independently. Paper forms are provided at the library's front desk for after-hours and weekend book checkout.
Online-only and distance students and off-campus employees may continue using the GW Libraries’ Off-Campus Library Services.
In person at the VSTC Library front desk (weekdays, 9:30am-6:00pm)
Phone: 571-553-8230 (weekdays, 9:30am-6:00pm)
Chat/WebEx: Ask Us service (managed by the Gelman Library)
For in-depth assistance with a research topic, make an appointment with a GW Librarian. We also offer appointments for coding, programming, GIS, data, statistics, digital storytelling, and more.
Services and Spaces in the VSTC Library
The library’s main seating area offers Windows PCs equipped with a variety of software for general student use, plus open table and chair seating to accommodate individuals and small groups. Quiet talking is permitted in our main seating area; headphones are required for audio use.
A Quiet Space room with additional PCs is available across from the library’s front desk for individual silent study (group and cell phone conversations are prohibited). Faculty and academic department staff may reserve this space for class meetings or exams by contacting our staff directly at least 3 business days in advance.
The library's five private study rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis to accommodate small groups and individuals. These rooms offer large whiteboards and Wi-Fi access. Talking and audio are permitted at low levels.
Food Policy: Covered drinks are welcomed in the library; no food, please. Eating is permitted in designated student lounge areas in Innovation and Discovery Halls, and picnic tables are located in front of Enterprise Hall for your convenience.
Scan, Copy and Print
The library’s Colonial Printing (WEPA) kiosk allows users to scan, copy, and print documents. The cloud-based service enables printing from our library computers and wirelessly from personal devices. Information about how to print, download print drivers to your mobile device, and pay for printing is available on the printing website.
Computers in the VSTC Library
The Library is equipped with 10 Windows computer workstations with Internet access for patron use in our main seating area. Our Quiet Space room contains 7 additional Windows computers, including a wheelchair-accessible workstation, plus a faculty instructor's workstation. See our list of available programs. (Note: We do not have Mac workstations in this library.)
Guest Access to Technology at VSTC
This section applies to WRLC partner institution members, ARL members, and sponsored event visitors without GW netIDs when library entrance policies permit access (individuals without an active GWorld Card are currently restricted under COVID policies).
Library Computers for Guests
Visitors from our partner institutions and GW event guests can fill out a guest account registration form online or at any of the public computers in the library. To complete your registration, bring a photo ID to the service desk staff at the VSTC Library. Guest accounts are valid for up to 6 months. If your account expires, see visit the desk to have it renewed or create a new account.
Guest account approval is limited to our weekday business hours and is dependent upon staff availability. We recommend contacting us by email or phone at least 2 business days prior to your visit to ensure staff will be able to assist you.
Printing for Guests
To use the printing kiosks as a guest, register for an account with our service provider WEPA. When you register, select "A Guest User" as your school. You can use a credit card, funds deposited to your WEPA account, or a WEPA preloaded card to pay for print jobs. You do not need to register for an account if you are printing from a USB drive and wish to pay with a credit card.
Visitors should connect to the GW_Connect wireless network. You may self-register for this network. Begin by connecting to the GW_Connect wireless network, and opening your web browser. You will be redirected to a registration page. If you are not redirected automatically, navigate to my.gwu.edu.
Borrow, Renew and Return Books
Search for books held at the VSTC Library, our other GW library branches, and our local Consortium library partners through the online catalog. Items held at partner libraries can be requested through the Consortium Loan Service for pickup at the VSTC Library or home delivery for our distance students. Our robust national and international library lending network allows you to request materials not available locally through our catalog and library databases by using our Interlibrary Loan Service.
- Loan policies and borrowing privileges are the same at VSTC, Gelman, and Eckles Libraries.
- Renew your books online or contact our staff for assistance.
- Special instructions for GW School of Medicine students, staff and faculty only (including School of Nursing, Milken Institute School of Public Health, etc.): Always begin your research at the Himmelfarb Library website to search for library books, scholarly articles, and other materials specially curated for medicine and health sciences topics. SON students may also view a list of nursing books available onsite at the VSTC Library.
- In person to the VSTC Library desk during business hours
- In our book drops: a blue bin for returns is located inside the north vestibule of Enterprise Hall (see photo at right: the side of the building facing George Washington Blvd). A book drop slot is also provided on the wall between Enterprise Hall Classroom #176 and the Library #179.
- By mail: package securely and use a trackable shipping service when possible. Mail to: Circulation Dept., GW-VSTC Library, 44983 Knoll Square, Ashburn, VA 20164.
- Library Catalog (Search for books, articles, media, and more)
- Ebooks at GW Libraries
- Library Research Databases
- Library Tutorials (“How Do I?”)
- Subject-Specific Research Guides
- Special instructions for GW School of Medicine students, staff and faculty only: begin your research using Himmelfarb Library's website and databases for curated medical and health sciences resources.
The GW Writing Center offers writing consultations to the VSTC community. Make an appointment with writing center staff for assistance with undergraduate, graduate, and faculty writing projects in all stages of development.
24/7 Library Study Space Access
GW students, faculty, and staff may access library study space with a valid GWorld Card when Enterprise Hall is open (typically 24/7). In-person assistance is available only during our staffed hours.
Staff is on-site for assistance
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