Howard University

Howard University Libraries is a forward-looking organization, dedicated to providing the highest standards in service and resources that support the University mission for excellence in learning, scholarship and service. In a society increasingly dependent on information technology and life-long learning, we are committed to fostering information empowerment for academic and professional success, with a distinct commitment to preparing people of color and the economically disadvantaged for leadership and service to our nation and the global community.

Borrowing Eligibility

Materials are loaned to Howard University's validated students, faculty and staff, reciprocal borrowers from other institutions, cross-registered students, and authorized special borrowers.

Loan Period and 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 $10 maximum.

Parking and Public Transportation

Visitor parking is available on the Howard Center at a lot rate of $10/day and $160/month (cash only). The entrance to the Howard Center lot is located on 8th St NW.

To purchase a visitor permit in advance, visit

Local bus routes to the Shaw/Howard University neighborhood include: G2 P Street-Ledroit Park, 70 Georgia Avenue -7th Street and 80 North Capitol Street.

The Shaw/Howard University stop on the Metrorail Green or Yellow line is about a 15 minute walk from campus: head north on 7th St NW toward T St NW, continue onto Georgia Ave NW for a half mile. 
Scheduled Howard University shuttle bus service is provided for the University’s faculty, staff, students and visitors to and from the Shaw/Howard University metro and U Street stations to the Main Campus, various parking lots, residence halls, West Campus and other University based locations.

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