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Library Services & Instructional Continuity During COVID-19

Library Status

Library update, July 1, 2020:

We are very happy to announce that although WCL and the Pence Law Library remain closed, the law library will begin limited services on Thursday, July 2nd and will continue these services Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 am and 3 pm. Library staff will check out print materials, receive book returns, and scan materials.  To make a request, use the catalog or email Please note that at this time reserve materials may not be checked out, and we are unable to scan pages from casebooks.  All scanning requests must comply with copyright laws.  You will receive an email when your books are available and to arrange to pick them up at designated times.

Interlibrary loan may also be available for books and materials that are not in our collection.  Email us at with your request, but please understand that many libraries are still closed and this service may either not be available or may be very slow. 

WCL students have access to thousands of e-books, journals and periodicals, so be sure to check our holdings in the library catalog or our e-titles finder (for e-books and journals) before you make an ILL request. 

Need help with your research? Contact our reference librarians at

The Pence Law Library is currently closed, and all library faculty and staff are working remotely. 

AUWCL has not announced when the law library will reopen. We will continue to update this page as soon as we have more information.

We appreciate your patience as we create new law library procedures that focus on the three imperatives outlined by AUWCL:

  1. Protecting the health and safety of our community, including students, faculty, and staff;
  2. Ensuring engagement, excellence, and continuity with respect to our core educational mission in ways that will allow us to adapt to any future COVID-related restrictions to campus access; and 
  3. Fostering an environment in which all members of our community can contribute to the best of their abilities, consistent with WCL’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

This guide provides information on how the law library is continuing to support the curricular and research needs of the AUWCL community. Law students, faculty, and staff should continue to check the WCL and Pence Law Library websites for further updates.

Library Services


For help accessing electronic resources, using the library catalog, or conducting research, contact the Pence Law Library reference librarians: / 202-274-4352 (leave a message and we'll call you back). Or chat with us during reference hours.

Reference Hours Summer 2020:

We can also schedule Zoom meetings for in-depth research questions. 

Borrowing/Returning Materials

For help with your library account, contact circ@wcl.american.eduLoan periods are being automatically extended and any fines will be waived. Students are not expected to return materials until WCL reopens. 

Interlibrary Loan

For questions related to interlibrary loan, contact ill@wcl.american.eduLoan periods are being automatically extended and any fines will be waived.  Students are not expected to return materials until WCL reopens. 


Printing and copying services are currently not available at AUWCL. The law school is developing options for printing/copying for the fall semester.