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Library Services Spring/Summer 2022

Library Access Spring 2022

The Pence Law Library is open to the AUWCL community 24/7 by card swipe.

The law library is currently closed to AUWCL alumni and members of the public, but they may obtain research assistance by emailing reference@wcl.american.edu.

Circulation Desk Hours:

Research & Reference Desk Hours (virtual):

  • Monday-Thursday: 10am-8pm
  • Friday: 10am-4pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: noon-6pm
  • Drop-in Zoom room: Monday-Friday noon-1pm
  • Contact the reference librarians by phone (202-274-4352), email, or chat

Pence Law Library COVID-19 Related Policies: The Pence Law Library requires all patrons to be masked while in the library and to observe all AU, WCL  and D.C. health protocols and procedures.

Casebooks and Other Course Materials

The library has all 1L casebooks and many upper level casebooks and texts on closed reserve. Students should ask for them at the circulation desk and may check them out for 3 hours at a time. The library does not have electronic versions of casebooks available. The library will only copy/scan casebook and textbook readings on faculty request, not for individual students.

Casebook publishers are not offering complimentary access to their casebooks as they did in March 2020.  Wolters Kluwer, now called Aspen Learning, provides a Connected E-book code for most of their casebooks when students buy them new.  Students can also purchase Connected E-books for 40% off the cost of the print at https://www.casebookconnect.com/connectedeBooks.

West Academic offers immediate 14-day digital access to select casebooks on purchase and a 15% discount to our students with the code WAAMERICANU. 

Most, if not all, casebooks are also available for rent and as used copies. 

Electronic Resources Updates

The Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aids Library is now called the Aspen Learning Library. To access titles such as Examples and Explanations, Glannon Guides, or the Emanuel Crunch Time or Law Outlines series, use this link: Aspen Learning Library.

Access to the nytimes.com institutional subscription has changed. If you are already a subscriber, you should have received an email from the New York Times with instructions on how to sign up with the new service.  Be sure to follow the directions in the email to retain access to the New York Times; it will not happen automatically.  If you have not subscribed to the New York Times through the library in the past, beginning January 10 follow the directions posted here for the New York Times Educational Access Subscription.

Group Study Room Reservations

Group study rooms (on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the library and in the commons) will reopen February 14, 2022. Make a reservation here.

AUWCL Alumni Library Reservations

AUWCL alumni may use the law library on a reservation basis, everyday from 8am to 6pm. Reservations can be made here.

Legal Rhetoric Appellate Problem Research Workshop

The week of February 7-12, reference librarians held research workshops focused on the Legal Rhetoric appellate problem. The recording and handout are available here.