Library

The Jacob Burns Law Library is among the largest and most prestigious academic law libraries in the United States.

It offers a research collection rich in the historic and contemporary legal materials of America, as well as international and comparative materials. The Law Library's holdings of more than 700,000 volumes (and equivalents) and its wide range of electronic resources provide researchers with a wealth of legal information.

The Jacob Burns Law Library is named for Jacob Burns, LLB '24, LLD '70, a generous supporter of GW Law and longtime trustee of the University. Burns (1902-1993) was renowned as a lawyer, artist, and philanthropist. His gift of the Jacob Burns Law Library is just one of several examples of his significant contributions to the "uplifting and maintenance of the legal profession," and his fearless advocacy of the principle of "equal justice under the law."



Document Delivery Service

Burns Dispatch: Document Delivery Service

Burns Dispatch is a non-profit, fee-based, document delivery service providing reproduction and circulation services for the collection of the Jacob Burns Law Library.

The Jacob Burns Law Library Research Portal

Research Portal

Discover the many research resources and services the Library has to offer.

Visitor Information

Visitor Information

Library Hours

Monday - Friday:
8 am - 11:45 pm

Saturday - Sunday:
9am - 11:45pm

Special Collections

Special Collections

Explore the Library's rare book, incunabula, and manuscripts holdings including the famed French Collection.

Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library

Learn about this unique opportunity for individuals, law firms, and organizations dedicated to the support and growth of the Library.

Law Library Guide

Law Library Guide

Jacob Burns Law Library Guide provides an introduction to library services, resources, and facilities.