Access to the Law Library

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only persons with a valid GMU ID will be admitted to the Law Library, and all IDs will be checked at the Circulation Desk. The Law Library is an academic research center that supports the research and teaching needs of the faculty and students of the Scalia Law School. All users agree to abide by the Law Library's policies and regulations (see below).

Rules and Regulations

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

  • Please carry your GMU ID with you.
  • As of of May 29, 2021, the University has revised the face mask requirements:
    • Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks on campus;
    • Masking requirements have been lifted for all vaccinated individuals, but everyone is encouraged to wear masks in classes and indoors this summer to allow more time for people to get vaccinated;
    • For more information, see the university's announcement on Face Coverings.
  • Furniture may not be moved or re-arranged. Most tables and carrels are available for one person.
  • Study rooms will be checked out for single occupancy use. Law students may reserve a room using our Online Study Room Reservation system. 
  • Step into a stairwell or the Atrium for telephone calls. 
  • Do NOT consume food in the library.
  • Drinks are permitted only in containers with lids. 
  • 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. During the fall semester 2020, Law library reference and research assistance will be available by e-mail (lawref@gmu.edu)voicemail with callback (703-993-8076), and virtual meetings using Zoom. 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.