Access to the Law Library

The Law Library is open to all George Mason University students, faculty, and staff. All members of the Mason community must show a valid GMU ID to be admitted to the Law Library, and all IDs will be checked at the Circulation Desk.

George Mason University alumni and members of the bar may use the library under the following conditions:

  • Alumni and attorneys must sign-in at the Circulation Desk and present a current government-issued photo identification card to the Circulation staff;
  • The status of alumni and attorneys must be verified by Circulation staff ;
  • Alumni and attorneys must also sign-up for the daily Mason COVID Health Check and present a "green pass" to the Circulation staff.

We strongly urge attorneys and alumni to contact lawref@gmu.edu before you visit to ensure that we have the materials you need.

The library is not open to the general public. The library has created the following guide to help members of the public with legal assistance: Legal Assistance to the Public. In addition, a number of other libraries in the area have legal research materials (both print and online) and are open to the general public. A list of Local Law Libraries that are open to the general public is available on this website and at the Circulation Desk.

Rules and Regulations

The Law Library expects the following from all patrons so that the Law Library is safe for all.

  • Members of the Mason community should carry your GMU ID with you. Mason alumni and attorneys should carry government-issued photo ID.
  • Everyone must wear a face mask at all times. For more information, see the university's announcement on Face Coverings.
  • Complete the Mason COVID Health Check every day. You may be asked by anyone on campus at any time to show your health check status.
  • Furniture may not be moved or re-arranged. 
  • Study rooms are available to Scalia Law students only. Students may reserve a room using the library's Online Study Room Reservation system.
  • Fourth Floor seating and the Computer Lab are limited to Scalia Law students.
  • Do NOT consume food in the library.
  • Drinks are permitted only in containers with lids.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located near the elevators in the library. 
  • Email any concerns about the Law Library environment to Melanie Knapp

See the University's Health and Safety Protocols for additional information.

Hours

See Law Library Hours for the most current information.

Circulation

The Law Library is an academic research library with the goal of having legal research materials available for use within the library. In order to provide full access to the collection and to prevent the loss of books, most library materials do not circulate outside of the library. See Patron Check-Out Privileges for a complete list of patron categories, check-out policies, and loan periods. Scalia Law School students interested in working at the circulation desk should review the page for Student Employment Opportunities in the George Mason University Law Library.

Reference

Reference Librarians are available to assist students, faculty, and other Mason patrons with finding and using materials in the law library. Please note that although the reference librarians are happy to assist users who need information, a reference librarian will not research or interpret the law for any patron. Law library reference and research assistance is available by e-mail (lawref@gmu.edu)voicemail with callback (703-993-8076), virtual meetings using Zoom, and in-person reference (1st floor, Room 146). For reference hours, see Law Library Hours.

Borrowing Books from Other Libraries

Loans are arranged for Scalia Law School students and faculty only. Other library patrons should contact their home institution or local public library for ILL services. For more information, see our page on Borrowing Materials from Other Libraries.

Lexis and Westlaw

Lexis and Westlaw are provided to the law school through a special educational contract. Use is limited to George Mason University law students and law faculty doing research for educational purposes.