The George Washington University

Our Vision:

To become a premier intellectual resource center dedicated to anticipating and exceeding user expectations with a staff firmly committed to excellent customer service and continuous learning and improvement.

Our Mission:

The Mission of the George Washington University Libraries is to enable GW faculty and students, regardless of location, to meet their curricular, research and information needs. With a commitment to excellence in services, the Libraries offer quality information resources and creative and innovative options to support the intellectual inquiry, research and lifelong learning needs of the unique university community they serve.

University Library

Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library

Jacob Burns Law Library

2130 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
Gelman (Main Campus): 202 994-6845
Mount Vernon Campus--Eckles: 202 242-6620
Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library: 703 726-8230

2300 Eye St., NW, Washington, DC 20037


2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052


Parking and Public Transportation

For parking information see:

The closest Metro station to GW is the Foggy Bottom stop on the Orange and Blue lines. As you exit the station, turn right and walk one block to the first stop light (H Street). Turn left and walk 1.5 blocks to the Library entrance on your right.

Library Regulations

The Gelman Library serves primarily the GW community, mainly current students, faculty, staff, and alumni. To enter the library, GW patrons must present a current, valid, GWorld card. The Gelman Library is closed to the general public, but access is granted to GW-affiliated universities, schools, and organizations.

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.

Special Collections

Capitalizing on Washington, D.C.'s diverse communities and its role as the nation's capital, theWashingtoniana Collection, which includes manuscript and rare books collections documenting the city's political, economic, social, and cultural history. The Washingtoniana Collection's strengths are city planning, politics, and transportation. 

The George Washington University Archives maintains collections documenting the University's administrative and social history, and the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Included in the collections are records of the academic and administrative units of the University and its predecessor Columbian College, alumni and faculty papers, yearbooks, photographs, oral histories, student newspapers, publications, videotapes and artifacts. 

The I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection contains over 20,000 books, pamphlets, graphics and manuscripts related to various areas of Judaic Studies, from Rabbinics and biblical archeology to Jewish culture and modern Hebrew literature.

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