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Pence Law Library Circulation Desk: Beyond Books

Student Convenience Center

There is a student convenience center on each floor of the library.  This is where patrons may make photocopies and WCL students may print documents.  EagleBucks machines are also located in the student convenience centers, where public patrons may buy copy cards.

The convenience centers contain the following office supplies:

  • Staplers
  • Staple removers
  • Hole punches
  • Headphones
  • Ear Plugs
  • Tape dispensers
  • Post-its
  • Binder Clips
  • Extra printer paper

Please do not remove office supplies from the convenience center.  If items need to be replaced or replenished, please alert the circulation staff.

A fax machine is located in the first floor convenience center.  Please note that faxes may only be sent from this machine; incoming faxes are not accepted. 

The Lexis printers are located in student convenience centers on all 3 floors.

Copying and Printing

Students may print and make copies using their AU ID card. An AU ID card is required for printing.

Library patrons without an AU ID card who wish to make copies in the library must first purchase an EagleBucks card for $1.00; the card costs $0.50 and has $0.50 in copying credit.

Non-WCL students do not have printing privileges in the library.


WCL Virtual B&W and WCL Virtual Color print drivers will currently print to the library's Student Convenience Centers:

  • Room N100 on the first floor
  • Rooms N209 and N274 on the second floor
  • Room N309 on the third floor 


**If you have printing issues, please contact

Printing Policy

Each enrolled student will receive a $100 printing Equitrac Allotment on his/her AU ID card each semester and, if enrolled, $50 for the summer, assessed against print jobs as follows: 

  • B&W Simplex Printing: $.10 per page (single-sided; 1,000 pages)
  • B&W Duplex Printing: $.14 per page (double-sided; 1,400 sides)
  • Color Simplex Printing: $.50 per page
  • Color Duplex Printing: $1.00 per page

Noise in the Library

Please be considerate of your colleagues and keep conversations to a minimum while in the library.  If you need to make a phone call, please step outside.

Students wishing to collaborate with colleagues should reserve a group study room.

Pence Law Library regularly polices noise in the library. The library is designed so that as you ascend the floors and walk further away from the stairs, the library gets quieter. The first floor is intended to be a more collaborative space with study tables and computer work stations. Quieter study spaces are available on the upper floors of the Law Library. Collaborative spaces are available in the Commons on the Terrace level and also on the Second and Third floors near the stairs. Single study carrels are also available on the Second and Third Floors of the library. The reading room and other locations throughout the library have designated "Silent Tables" for quiet study as well. 

Convenience Items

For the convenience of WCL students, the library loans the following items for 24 hour periods:

  • Headphones
  • Book stands
  • PC and Mac computer chargers
  • Computer accessories
  • Podiums
  • Seat cushions
  • Foot rests
  • Cameras
  • Standing Desks

 These items may be checked out at the circulation desk.

Laptop Loaner Program

Purpose: In those instances when a student's personal laptop must be returned to the manufacturer for repair, a student may borrow - for a period of 1 week - a PC or MAC laptop from the Circulation Desk at the Pence Law Library. This privilege is available for registered Washington College of Law students only.

Loan Period: The loan period for laptops is one week. A $1.00 per hour fine will be assessed (with a one hour grace period), for a maximum fine of $16.00 per day. Loans are NOT renewable unless authorized by WCL Administration. The laptops are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Important: These laptops are equipped with Word, WordPerfect and many other standard programs. Upon return, the computer will be re-imaged, and any data stored on the computer will be destroyed, so you should save all data externally.

Support Requests: Should be directed to the Student Help Desk in room NT10. The IT Help Desk supports hardware and software for the library’s laptops. Please visit the Help Desk in NT10, email, call 202-274-4021, or enter an online support request at:

Honor Code: The following section of the Honor Code is applicable to laptop checkouts:

“Academic violations include familiar matters such as cheating on exams, plagiarism, and interfering with the "broadest possible access to library resources.”

As the loaner laptops are library resources, keeping them past the due date is considered “interfering with the ‘broadest possible access to library resources,’” and is therefore a violation of the Honor Code.

Wireless Access

The library provides free wireless Internet access to all patrons.  Library guests (including alumni, visiting researchers, and public patrons) may visit the circulation desk for a guest username and password.

WCL students, faculty, and staff with network problems should visit the technology help desk on the second floor of the library.

Library Computers

There are two public computers available in the library for alumni, visiting researchers, and public patrons. In that same area, there are also six computers for WCL students, faculty and staff to access with their network ID. Four additional computers are located on the second floor of the library. The workstations are located next to the circulation desk, and no username or password is required to access them.  These computers are only equipped with Internet access; programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel are not installed on these computers.  The public computers do not have printing capabilities.  Public patrons may save research to a flashdrive or email it to themselves. 

Media Section

The media section is located on the third floor of the library.  The media section contains VHS tapes, DVDs, and audio CDs.  Most videos are law-related, although there is a small collection of entertainment-related items. 

Media may be checked out for 24 hours.