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Law Libraries

Alexandria Law Library
520 King Street, Room L-34
Alexandria, VA 2231
Contact: Christine Hall
Phone:
703-838-4077
Fax:
703-838-5055
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Extended hours for Alexandria Bar members.
Fees:
20 cents per page for photocopies. Free Westlaw access.
Overview:
Westlaw available to all. Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. law on CD-ROM. Also CD-ROM for tax and bankruptcy. No charge for CD-ROM use. Open to the public.

American University Washington College of Law
Pence Law Library
4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8182
Contact: Reference Desk
Phone: 202-274-4374
Fax: 202-274-4365
Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–11:45 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.–9:45 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–9:45 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–11:45 p.m. Hours vary for summer, holidays, and academic breaks. Access may be restricted during exam periods.
Overview: More than 500,000 volumes. Use of LexisNexis (except for LexisNexis Academic Universe) and Westlaw require personal passcode. Other databases are available to the public on-site. Research terminals provided. Open to the public.
Note: Photo identification is required.

Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Judge Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library

3600 John McCormack Road NE
Washington, DC 20064
Phone: 202-319-5155
Hours: Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–11:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.–11:45 p.m.
Overview: Government documents and reading room, 1,700 government titles, more than 380,000 books and microform documents, and an online card catalog.
Note: Access to the library is controlled. Visitors must show an I.D. and sign in seven days a week.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Library
3 Lafayette Center
1155 21st Street NW
Washinton, DC 20581
Contact: Daniel May, Evelyn Parker, and Charles Williams
Phone: 202-418-5255
Fax: 202-418-5537
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fees: 15 cents per page for copies.
Overview: Westlaw, LexisNexis and Internet for agency use only.
Note: Open to outsiders by appointment only.

D.C. Superior Court Law Library
500 Indiana Avenue NW
Room 5400
Washington, DC 20001
Contact: Mildred Bailey
Phone: 202-879-1435
Fax: 202-393-5853
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:45 p.m.
Overview: There are no borrowing privileges.
Note: Not open to the public.

Fairfax County Public Law Library
4110 Chain Bridge Road
Room 626
Fairfax, VA 22030
Contact: Bobbie J. Denny, David P. Trieloff
Phone: 703-246-2170
Fax: 703-359-6003
E-mail: fairfaxlaw@aol.com
Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fees: Access to library is free. Fees for copying and printing from CD-ROM.
Overview: Internet, Westlaw searches, interlibrary loans, and document retrieval. Public access CD-ROM terminals. Westlaw available for staff operation use only. More than 35,000 volumes, primary focus on Virginia law.

Federal Judicial Center Library
Information Services Office
Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building
One Columbus Circle NE
Washington, DC 20002-8003
Contact: Roger Karr
Phone: 202-502-4153
Fax: 202-502-4077
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Overview: Library is open to researchers in administration of justice. Will loan most material in collection on interlibrary loan. Distribute copies of FJC publications at no charge.
Note: Not open to the general public. Call in advance for permission to use library.

George Mason School of Law Library
3301 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-993-8120 (circulation)
Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–11 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.–10 p.m; Saturday, 10–8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Overview: Open to the public. Nearly 400,000 volumes including strong law and economics, business, economic theory and history, ethics and philosophy, and tax, patent, intellectual property, and banking law. Library carries administrative decisions and executive agency reports and subscribes to numerous law and law-related periodicals and serials. Lexis and Westlaw available only to students and faculty.
Note: Visitors must sign in and may be required to show photo identification.

Georgetown Law Library
111 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20001-1489
Phone: 202-662-9133
Fax: 202-662-9202
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8–12 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sunday, 10–12 a.m.
Fees: Sole practitioner, $500 a year; institutional firms, businesses, and corporations, $1,550 a year; law center graduate, minimum $50 contribution; nonprofit government agencies, $125 a year; and nonprofit other than 501(c)(3), $250 a year.
Overview: More than 900,000 volumes. Lexis and Westlaw available only to students. open to members of the Georgetown community, members of the public patron program, and students from other law schools. Members of the general public have full access only to the U.S. depository collection.

George Washington University Law School
Jacob Burns Law Library
716 20th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006-4306
Contact: Scott Pagel
Phone: 202-994-6648 (circulation)
Fax: 202-994-2874
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–11:45 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–11:45 p.m.
Overview: Interlibrary loans handled through the Gelman Library Information Service, 202-994-6973.
Note: Open only to George Washington University students, faculty, law alumni, and staff.

Howard University School of Law Library
2929 Van Ness Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-806-8045
Hours: Monday–Friday: 7a.m.–11 p.m; Saturday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Law Library - Online Resources

Judges’ Library of the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Courthouse
333 Constitution Avenue NW
Room 3518
Washington, DC 20001-2800
Contact: Terri Sautella
Phone: 202-216-7400
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Overview: More than 150,000 volumes primarily geared toward federal practice. Collection includes most major law reviews, administrative agency reports, and congressional materials, as well as the standard federal reports and codes.
Note: User must be a member of the District of Columbia Bar or the bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals or the U.S. District Court.

Law Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20557
Phone: 707-5079 or 707-6400 (recorded information)
Fax: 202-707-5844
Hours: Monday–Saturday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Reading rooms have varied hours; call for detailed information.
Overview: Primarily for use by U.S. Congress. Open to members of public over high school age mainly for research. Visitors are encouraged to do some preliminary research first. Some collections may be limited and some material may need to be requested in writing in advance.
Note: Photo identification needed to view some collections.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Library
50 Maryland Avenue
Room 326
Rockville, MD 20850
Contact: Karen Smith, Janet Camillo
Phone: 240-777-9120
Fax: 240-777-9126
Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m–6:30 p.m.
Fees: Fax $1 per page; copies 20 cents per page if paying cash, 15 cents per page if using debit card. CD-ROM 20 cents per page to print.
Overview: Open to public, but limited.

National Agricultural Library
10301 Baltimore Avenue
Baltimore, MD 20705
Phone:301-504-5755
Hours:Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Overview:Open to the public.

National Labor Relations Board
1099 14th Street NW, Room 8000
Washington, DC 20570
Contact:Kenneth Nero
Phone:202-273-3720
Fax:202-273-2906
Web Site:http://www.nlrb.gov/
Hours:Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fees:10 cents per page for photocopies.
Overview:More than 25,000 volumes focusing on the law of labor–management relations. Westlaw available for use by librarians and NLRB staff only.

National Library of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202
Contact: Christina Dunn
Phone: 202-205-5019, 800-424-1616
Fax: 202-260-7364, 202-401-0547
E-mail: Library@ed.gov
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Overview: More than 200,000 volumes and 750 periodical subscriptions. Circulating and reference collections, current and historical collections of educational-related journals and newsletters, and over 450,000 items on microfiche, CD-ROM, and interlibrary loan available.
Note: Picture identification required to enter the building. Open to the public, but general public cannot check out books.

National Transportation Library
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:800-853-1351
Hours:Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Overview:Open to the public.
Note:Photo identification required to enter library.

Navy Department Library
805 Kidder Breese Street SE
Washington Navy Yard
Washington, DC 20374-5050
Phone: 202-433-4132
Fax: 202-433-9553
E-mail: navylibrary@navy.mil
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. No reference service on Wednesday.
Overview: 170,000 volumes with an emphasis on naval maritime history, 21,000 rare and special noncirculating collections, 1,200 periodical titles, 350 current subscriptions and interlibrary loan via OCLC, ALA, and fax. OCLC, First Search, and Dialog databases. Reference in person or by mail, e-mail, or telephone. In-depth reference must be conducted in person.
Note: Visitors must contact the library one day prior to visit; visitor’s badges will be issued at the O Street gate.

Prince George’s County Circuit Court Library
Box 1696
14735 Main Street
Room 172
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Contact: Pamela J. Gregory
Phone: 301-952-3438
Fax: 301-952-2770
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Overview: More than 50,000 volumes, including Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. codes, U.S. Code, national and regional reporters, and practice materials. CD-ROM research available. Shepard’s and West codes and digests (titles vary). Loislaw available in 45-minute increments to all users. Open to public. LexisNexis and Westlaw available to attorneys only.

Securities and Exchange Commission Library
100 F Street NE
Room 1520
Washington, DC 20549
Director: Cynthia Plisch
Phone: 202-551-5450
Fax: 202-772-9326
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Overview: A collection of more than 14,000 titles and 63,000 volumes. A law and business library focusing on finance and securities.
Note: Open to the public for research only. Online sources for staff only.

University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
Charles N. and Hilda H.M. Mason Law Library
Building 39
Level B
4200 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008-1174
Contact: Brian L. Baker
Phone: 202-274-7310
Fax: 202-274-7311
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8–12 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–12 a.m. Hours are extended during exams and reduced during the summer for students. Call for vacation hours.
Overview: Open to all members of the public for legal research at no cost. Lexis and Westlaw available, but must have own password to use. Volume count is approximately 215,000. Strong law journal collection. Document delivery available.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Law Library
717 Madison Place NW
Washington, DC 20439
Phone: 202-312-5500
Fax: 202-633-8603
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Overview: Open to members of the bar of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Court of Federal Claims. Lexis and Westlaw available to court staff only.

U.S. Department of Commerce Library
1401 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: 202-482-2161
Hours: Commerce Employees: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; General public by appointment only

U.S. Department of Energy General Counsel Law Library
1000 Independence Avenue SW, Room 6A-156
Washington, DC 20582
Phone: 202-586-4848
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Overview: LexisNexis and Westlaw are available only to Department of Energy patrons and attorneys.
Note: Open to public by request.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the General Counsel Law Library
G-400 Cohen Building
330 Independence Avenue SW
Contact: Carl Kessler
Phone: 202-619-0190
Fax: 202-619-3719
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Overview: Open to public.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Online Library

U.S. Department of the Interior Law Library
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240-0002
Phone: 202-208-5815
Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:45 a.m.–5 p.m.
Overview: Open to public.
Note: Call for more information.

U.S. Department of Labor
Wirtz Labor Library
200 Constitution Avenue NW
Room N-2445
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202-693-6613
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:15 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Overview: More than 500,000 volumes. Open to the public.
Note: Photo identification required for admission to the library. To be admitted to the building, visitors must specify they are going to the library. Entrance on 3rd and C Streets NW.

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Consumer Publications Library 
445 12th Street SW
Room TW-B505
Washington, DC 20024-2101
Phone: 202-418-0450
Fax: 202-418-2805
E-mail: FCCLibrary@fcc.gov
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Open to the public 1–4 p.m. only.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Library
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 630
Washington, DC 20580
Phone: 202-326-2395
Fax: 202-326-2732
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Overview: Open to the public; collection specializes in antitrust and consumer protection law. Strong business collection.

U.S. General Accounting Office Library
441 G Street NW, Room 7435
Washington, DC 20548-0002
Contact: Bonnie Mueller
Phone: 202-512-2585
Fax: 202-512-3373
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Overview: More than 50,000 volumes specializing in contract law and legislative histories.