Access for Members of the Mason Community

The George Mason University Law Library is an academic research center that supports the research and teaching needs of the faculty and students of the Scalia Law School. Other members of the George Mason University community, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni are also welcome to use the resources in the Law Library. All users agree to abide by the Law Library's policies and regulations (see rules below).

Access for Bar Members

Members of the bar may use Law Library resources, including print and non-restricted databases, for legal research. When entering the library, bar members must present a bar card and current government issued photo ID to the Circulation Desk staff member on duty. For more information on resources and services offered to members of the bar, see Library Access Policy. All users agree to abide by the Law Library's policies and regulations (see rules below).

Hours

During the fall and spring academic semesters, the Law Library's hours are:

Monday -Thursday: 8 AM to 11 PM
Friday: 8 AM to 10 PM
Saturday: 10 AM to 10 PM
Sunday: 10 AM to 11 PM

Special hours for holidays, exams, summer semester, and intersession periods will be posted at the entrance to the library and on the web in advance. For a recording of the library hours, please call the Law Library Information Line at (703) 993-8100.

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.

Library Catalog and Online Databases

The library has public computers on the first, second, and third floors that provide access to the library's online catalog and a number of research databases and services.  

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.

Reference

Reference Librarians are available to assist students, faculty, and other Mason patrons with finding and using materials in the law library. The Reference Desk is located on the first floor of the library in Room 146. 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. For current reference hours, see Law Library Hours.

Rules and Regulations

Special Notice: Patrons who violate any of the rules and regulations laid out in this guide will be asked to leave the library and may be restricted from future access.

The Law Library strictly enforces the following rules and regulations concerning the use of the library:

  • All users agree to abide by the Law Library's policies and regulations.
  • Current George Mason University users must show a Mason ID to the Circulation staff member on duty. Mason alumni must show a current government issued photo ID. Current members of the bar must show a bar card and current government issued photo ID.
  • The Library is to be used only for legal research purposes.
  • During extended exam hours, non-law students will be asked to leave the library at the regular closing hour.
  • Patrons who engage in inappropriate conduct, including using a loud voice, rude or abusive behavior, behavior that adversely affects the staff's ability to provide service, or any interference with other patrons' use will be asked to leave.
  • Carrels, study rooms, the computer lab, and fourth floor seating are reserved for the use of Scalia Law students, faculty, and staff.
  • Personal items left unattended anywhere in the library will be removed and turned over to the George Mason University Police.
  • Children under the age of eighteen must be supervised by a parent or other responsible adult while in the Library.
  • Cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices should be set to silent or vibrate mode. Cell phone use is permitted in the building atrium and the library stairwells.
  • Food is strictly prohibited; drinks are permitted only in covered containers.
  • The following items/activities are prohibited:
  • Sleeping or loitering
  • Monopolizing any library space or obstructing the aisles
  • Entering any areas or occupying any study spaces that are limited to GMU Students, Faculty and Staff
  • Bodily hygiene or condition of personal effects that is offensive so as to constitute a nuisance to patrons or staff
  • Using Library restroom facilities for inappropriate purposes (including bathing or washing clothes)
  • Smoking, tobacco products, or alcoholic beverages
  • Pets (service animals are permitted)
  • Inadequate attire (shoes and shirts required)
  • The unauthorized removal, mutilation, or abuse of library equipment or materials is prohibited and subject to penalties under Virginia law.
  • Groups not affiliated with Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University may not conduct classes, tours, or business activities without the prior written permission of the Associate Director.