Gallaudet University

The Gallaudet University Library provides instructional, reference, and library collection services for the Gallaudet community, supporting uses of information resources and the development and enhancement of information literacy. The Library builds, maintains, and organizes the world's largest collection of deaf materials, as well as a collection of general materials, to support academic programs.  


A related unit, Deaf Library Collections and Archives, has its own mission statement:  The University Archives preserves Gallaudet's unique educational, cultural, and historical heritage. Responsibilities include digitization, indexing, and accessibility of archival materials. The Archives also preserves the artifactual heritage of the Deaf community and provides services to researchers.

Parking and Public Transportation

Visiters may obtain a temporary parking pass from the Department of Public Safety. There may be a fee. Guests should enter through the 8th Street front gate and stop at the kiosk for instructions. Gallaudet shuttle bus: WRLC visitors with valid IDs from their universities may ride the Gallaudet shuttle bus from Metrorail Red Line stops at:
  • Union Station :Take the escalator up to the Amtrak/commuter level, look for the sign that reads, "To all trains." Follow this to another sign that reads "parking garage" and take the escalator up one level, go to your right and you will see another escalator that will take you up another level, which will be the bus parking garage. Immediately to your left will be the boarding/discharging area for our shuttle buses.
  • New York Ave./Florida Ave./Gallaudet University (exit at M St., NE The unmarked stop is at the M Street exit, at the corner of M Street and Delaware Ave., NE. When leaving the station via the subway exit to the M Street side, after reaching the street, take a left to the traffic light, which will be Delaware Ave., NE. Shuttle information is available at Public bus: From:
    • Eastern Market Metrorail stop: take the 92 or 94 bus north to the campus entrance at 8th and Florida Avenue, NE.
    • From downtown or Union Station: take the D2, or D8 bus to 8th and K Streets, NE. Follow 8th Street two blocks north to campus.
    • From New York Ave./Florida Ave./Gallaudet University: take the 90 to 7th & Florida Ave, NE or 92 bus. 

Library Regulations

Open to the public for use of materials within the library. Borrowing privileges extended to Gallaudet University students, faculty, staff, and alumni and to eligible faculty, staff, and students of WRLC institutions.

Loan and Period Fines

The loan periods for materials are:
  • Undergraduates: 4 weeks
  • Graduate students: 6 weeks
  • Faculty: three fixed due dates a year (1/31, 5/31, 9/30)

Overdue books are fined at 25 cents per day up to a $25 maximum. 

Services for Individuals with Physical and Learning Disabilities

The Library conforms to ADA standards for accessibility by people with disabilities. CCTVs with magnifiers and screen magnification software are available. All staff are skilled in the use of sign language, and public telephones are equipped with TTys and amplifier handsets. 

A complete list of services and additional information is available at:

Special Collections

Deaf Collection: print, microform, film, video materials on deaf people, deaf culture, hearing, and sign language. Extensive holdings on the education of deaf people. Gallaudet Archives: archival materials related to the history of deaf people and the records of Gallaudet University, including rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia.

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