Law Library access is limited to Mason faculty, staff, current students, and alumni. Mason ID card or other photo identification required for admittance.
For more information, see Library Services and Collection.
The George Mason University Law Library is an academic research center that supports the information needs of the faculty and students of the Scalia Law School. All users agree to abide by the Law Library's policies and regulations.
The Law Library is open to George Mason University students, faculty, staff, and alumni. All students and other members of the George Mason University community must show a current GMU ID. All alumni must show a current government-issued photo identification card and sign in at the Circulation Desk.
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.
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 and third floors that provide access to the library's online catalog and a number of research databases and services. These computers are available to members of the Mason community and are located outside of the Reference Office and on the third floor near the photocopy alcoves.
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 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:
- Visitors must sign in at the Circulation desk and present a current government-issued photo identification card.
- 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
- Study rooms and the fourth floor are reserved for the use of Scalia Law School 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 Law Library.
- Cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices should be set to silent or vibrate mode. Cell phone use is only allowed in the building atrium and library stairwells.
- Food is strictly prohibited. Drinks are only allowed when in covered containers.
- The unauthorized removal, mutilation, or abuse of library equipment or materials is prohibited and subject to penalties under Virginia law.
- Groups not affiliated with George Mason University may not conduct classes, tours or business activities without permission from the Reference Office.