Local Libraries

George Mason University Libraries

Academic Law Libraries

The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is home to seven academic law libraries. Many of these libraries have restricted access, and most are closed to outside visitors during their exam periods. Before scheduling a visit, call ahead for current hours and access policies or check with one of the librarians in the George Mason Law Library Reference Office for assistance.

American University Washington College of Law
Pence Law Library
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8182
ACCESS: Open to the general public except during reading and exam periods, when access is limited to Federal Depository users.

Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Judge Kathryn J. Dufour Law Library
3600 John McCormack Road, NE
Washington, DC 20064-8206
ACCESS: Open to the general public, except during reading and exam periods.

George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
Law Library
3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201-4498
ACCESS:  Law Library access is limited to George Mason University faculty, staff, current students, and alumni, and other members of the Mason community. Mason ID card or other photo identification required for admittance.

Bar members may use the Law Library for legal research. When entering the library, bar members must show a bar card and current government issued photo ID. For more information, see Library Access Policy.

No Lexis or Westlaw access. Access to Nexis Uni only.

George Washington University Law School
Jacob Burns Law Library
716 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052-4306
ACCESS: Closed to the general public. Scalia Law students should see a Reference Librarian in Room 146 to ask about access.

Georgetown University Law Center
Edward Bennett Williams Law Library
111 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-1417
ACCESS: Limited access, see the policy for more information.

Howard University School of Law
Law Library
2929 Van Ness Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008-4617
ACCESS: Open to the general public.

University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
The Charles N. and Hilda H.M. Mason Law Library
Building 39, B Level
4200 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008-1122
ACCESS: Open to the general public, but may occasionally restrict use to UDC law students.

Public Law Libraries


Alexandria Law Library 
520 King Street, Suite LL34
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3152
ACCESS: Open to the general public. LexisNexis and Westlaw available.

Arlington County Walter T. McCarthy Law Library
Arlington County Courthouse
1425 North Courthouse Road, Suite 1700
Arlington, VA 22201-2659
ACCESS: Open to the general public. LexisNexis and Westlaw Patron Access available.

Fairfax County Public Law Library
Fairfax County Courthouse
4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 115
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4009
ACCESS: Open to the general public. Westlaw Next and Lexis Advance available.

Loudoun County Law Library
18 North King Street
Leesburg, VA 20176-2818
ACCESS: Open to the general public. Westlaw Next available.

Paul B. Ebert Public Law Library (Prince William County)
Judicial Center
9311 Lee Avenue, Room 304 (3rd Floor)
Manassas, VA 20110-5555
ACCESS: Open to the general public. Lexis Advance available.

Virginia State Law Library
804-786-2075 (Call for more information)
ACCESS: Open to law students, but not to the general public.


Law Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE
James Madison Building
Room LM 201 (Temporarily Relocated to Room LM G15)
Washington, DC 20540-0002
ACCESS: Open to the general public. Must obtain a reader identification card in James Madison Building, Room LM 140.


Anne Arundel County Public Law Library
Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
8 Church Circle, Suite 303
P.O. Box 2395
Annapolis, MD 21401-1935
ACCESS: Open to the general public. LexisNexis with Shepards and Westlaw available.

Howard County Public Law Library
Howard County Circuit Court Building
8360 Court Avenue
Ellicott City, MD 21043-4550
ACCESS: Open to the general public.

Maryland State Law Library
Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building
361 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD 21401-1672
ACCESS: Open to the general public. Westlaw Next available.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Law Library
Judicial Center
50 Maryland Avenue, North Tower 3rd Floor, Room 3420
Rockville, Maryland 20850-2320
ACCESS: Open to the general public, unless currently serving on a jury trial in circuit court. Westlaw, Lexis, and PACER available.

Prince George’s County Law Library
14735 Main Street, Room M1400
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-3051
ACCESS: Open to the general public. Westlaw available (access offered 20 hours for 14 days).