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Pence Law Library News & Information

July 1, 2020 Limited Print Materials Now Available

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 circ@wcl.american.edu. 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 ill@wcl.american.edu 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 reference@wcl.american.edu

June 3, 2020 Resources for Supporting Protesters

May 19, 2020 Library Alumni Resources

Congratulations, AUWCL class of 2020!

Library Databases

May graduates have access to all library databases until September 1, 2020. Use our A-Z Databases list to access all databases and login through the proxy server with your AU username/password.

Westlaw

Free Westlaw access for 18 months after graduation. Go to lawschool.westlaw.com to extend your account and access Westlaw Edge, Practical Law, Practice Point & more.

Bloomberg Law

2020 graduating law students will have unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law through June 1, 2021.

Lexis

Free, automatic Lexis Advance access until February 28, 2021.

HeinOnline

Free, remote access to the HeinOnline Law Journal Library and ABA Law Library Collection Periodicals & the Fastcase federal
and state case law collection via Hein (access through the link on your CareerLink homepage).

Alumni Library Cards

Once we reopen, call us or stop by the circulation desk for an alumni library card so that you can check out materials from the library.

Reference Services 

Reference librarians are happy to help alumni with research. Contact us at reference@wcl.american.edu or 202-274-4352.

More Info

Visit our Alumni Services page.

May 11, 2020

Pence Law Library's Summer Research Resources

This guide contains information on using library resources for your summer employment and academics.

April 27, 2020

Check out our WCL exams database!

http://wcl.american.libguides.com/c.php?g=563289&p=6828069

Access past exams using your MyAU login information. A great way to review for your exams is to read through old ones!

October 21 - 30 - Open Memo Research Help Drop-In Hours

Don't just free fall, stop by the library to get help with your open memo research from one of the reference librarians.

Room N100C (library training lab).

Mon 10/21: 12-1:00 pm

Wed 10/23: 12-1:00 pm

Sat 10/26: 2-3:00 pm

Mon 10/28: 12-1:00 pm

Wed 10/30: 12-1:00 pm

(We can also help with Bluebook citations). 

September 3, 2019 - Open Memo Research Workshops

Library Research Workshops for 1L Open Memo

Pence Law Library

From October 7th through 11th, the law library is hosting 30-minute research workshops related to the open memo problem. Librarians will talk about search strategies and how to find sources using Westlaw Edge. All workshops will be held in N100C on the first floor of the library.

Sign up for a session here: https://forms.gle/ovdBUTMkfLtk1aQN6  

August 19, 2019 - Welcome & Welcome Back

 

Hours

The library is staffed until midnight each night and is accessible 24/7 to the WCL community. Just swipe your ID card for after-hours entry. 

Study Aids

The library provides free electronic access to the following study aids:

Casebooks & More

The library has copies of all 1L casebooks and select upper level casebooks on closed reserve for three-hour checkout. Ask for your book at the circulation desk.

Borrow laptops, chargers, standing desks, bookstands, umbrellas, and more from the library.

Group Study Rooms

To reserve a group study room:

  • Login to MyWCL with your network username and password
  • From the tool bar on the left, under the Pence Law Library, select Study Room Reservation System
  • Select the room number, the day (the current day is expanded – scroll down to view other options for the current week), and the time you want to reserve by clicking on any time slot that says reserve
  • A separate window will open with information about the room – select your time window using the drop down boxes and click save
  • You can book up to 2 hours per day in 15 minute increments for the current week; you can split up the two hours in any way that fits your schedule
  • You will receive an email confirmation indicating the room and time of your reservation
  • Reservations you make will appear in blue, and you can log in and edit the reservation if your plans change
  • If you have problems using the online room reservation system, contact mywcl@wcl.american.edu

More Library Info

For more information about library services, visit the library’s website.

Questions?

Contact Shannon Roddy, Student Services Librarian