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Library Services & Instructional Continuity During Spring 2021

Library Access Spring 2021

The library is currently closed. Please see below for information about virtual services.

Further information about library services for the spring semester will be available soon, but students may not physically use the library or any other WCL study space until further notice.

Library Services

Checking Out General Collection Materials

Students who need to check out a book from the general collection may do so through the hold feature in the catalog or by emailing our circulation desk.  These books will be available for pick up in the Yuma Street entrance where the printers are (there is also a book drop there to return library books). Please do not return a library laptop or charger to the book return; contact circulation to make arrangements to return those items.

Casebooks/Course Materials

Because we are operating with a skeleton staff, the library cannot scan casebook pages or other course-related materials for students. We do, however, accept scanning requests from professors and will fulfill them as our limited staffing allows.

West Academic Discount Code: Use promo code AMERICANULAW on westacademic.com to save 35% on e-books and 15% on print casebooks. 

Source Collection/Research

The library will scan materials for journal/brief source collection assignments and student research projects. We will fulfill the requests as our limited staffing allows but cannot guarantee a specific turnaround time. Please make your scanning requests through the law library catalog by logging in with your AU credentials, searching for the item, and looking for the “Chapter/Article Scan Request” link under the “Get It” heading. If you have difficulties finding the correct catalog entry, or if the library does not own the item you are requesting, please contact our circulation department at circ@wcl.american.edu for assistance.

Reference

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

Reference Hours (beginning January 11, 2020)
Monday - Thursday 10 am - 8 pm
Friday  10 am - 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday  12 pm - 5 pm

You may also schedule a research consultation outside those hours by emailing reference@wcl.american.edu. 

Borrowing/Returning Materials

For help with your library account, contact circ@wcl.american.edu

Interlibrary Loan

For questions related to interlibrary loan, contact ill@wcl.american.edu