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The Vernon E. Jordan Jr., Law Library on the Howard University West Campus is restricted to current Howard Law and Divinity students, faculty, and staff at this time. Excluding holidays and university closures (listed below), and following official D.C. government guidelines, the Law Library has returned to our normal operating schedule. To familiarize yourself with the physical library space, a virtual tour of the library can be found here.
HUSL community members are encouraged to send all questions to our firstname.lastname@example.org email. This email will be monitored during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET) and will allow us to triage questions more efficiently.
Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
CLOSED: Monday, January 17, 2022
CLOSED: Monday, February 21, 2022
CLOSED: Saturday, March 5, 2022 through Sunday, March 13, 2022
CLOSED: Monday, May 30, 2022
CLOSED: Monday, July 4, 2022
CLOSED: Monday, September 5, 2022
REDUCED HOURS: Friday, November 11, 2022, open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
CLOSED: Thursday, November 24, 2022
CLOSED: Friday, November 25, 2022
CLOSED: Saturday, December 17, 2022 - Monday, January 2, 2023
REOPEN: Tuesday, January 3, 2023
This access information was compiled for Howard Law Students only. Access policies may be different for Howard University students in other schools and for members of the public. Always contact any WRLC library before visiting to check access information and hours.
The events calendar contains information about events across the law school.
To reach out to the Law School's Facilities call 202-806-8224 or fill out this form: Work Request Form.
To reach the Law School's Information Technology department, call 202-806-8013 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Howard University School of Law Archives is currently closed for health and safety reasons due to COVID-19.
The Archives' goal is to acquire, and make available for public use, manuscripts, printed materials, and visual materials that document the history of the law in general and that of the Howard University School of Law in particular. Specifically, the Archives collect materials relating to civil rights litigation and legislation.
In addition to its paper-based collections, the Archives has an oral history program, and houses a growing digital collection of interviews of alumni, former deans and faculty, and civil rights activists.
Accessing the Archives:
Members of the public who are interested in researching physical items in our Federal depository library collection are encouraged to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, access to online Government information is available through our catalog, government websites, and several Libguides. Contact information for nearby FDLP libraries can be found in the FDLP Library Directory. We look forward to seeing you in person once it’s safe to do so!
Take the Toll Road to 66 east. Once on 66 east take 495 north/east (towards Baltimore). Once on 495 east, take the Connecticut Avenue exit (Exit 31). Turn right and go south on Connecticut Avenue for about three miles. Turn left on Van Ness Street. Howard University School of Law is at the end of the street.
Take I-95 south to I-495 west. Once on I-495 west, take I-495 to Connecticut Avenue (Exit 31). Turn left and go south on Connecticut Avenue for about 3 miles. Turn left on Van Ness Street. Howard University School of Law is at the end of the street.
Welcome to the Howard University School of Law Library. We provide access to and maintain a collection of information resources that support law school programs, legal research, and the needs of all library users. The Law Library selects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to all of its resources as a way to assist those in their pursuit of justice.
The Law Library has a collection of approximately 225,000 volumes and is open 105 hours per week. Four librarians and four staff members provide excellent service for those who need legal research assistance. Our building is a 76,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility. From oak tables and print resources to a computer lab and smart classroom, the Law Library supports all research needs. On the fourth floor is the Special Collections area, which houses the papers of such civil rights giants as Charles Hamilton Houston, Spottswood Robinson, and Phineas Indritz (a prominent Washington lawyer who helped desegregate the D.C. bar).
So, whether you visit the Law Library in person or via the Internet, we welcome the opportunity to assist you.
The Law Library mission is to excel in service by strengthening our community’s legal, research, and educational goals through innovative programming, practice-oriented instruction, and a collection across traditional and evolving formats.
In line with the Howard University School of Law mission, the Law Library is committed to:
As repositories of knowledge and as places to learn, libraries are central to a university’s mission. In May 2001, Howard University School of Law Library moved into its state-of-the-art facility at 2929 Van Ness Street, N.W., Washington D.C. 20009. The four-story, 76,000 square foot building provides space for a book collection of up to 670,000 volumes; can seat more than 295 students (more than 70 percent of the student population), including 90 open carrels; enlarged microfilm and audio-visual facilities; three distinctive rooms of wood and brick for special collections, newspaper and periodical reading, and a rare book collection.
The library is organized around the second-floor, triple-height Reading Room, which has wireless access to the Internet and faces the new courtyard and Holy Cross Hall to the south. The tall windows of this 4,000-square-foot space give views onto the landscaped courtyard and celebrate the display of readers and books to the campus. Table and lounge seating for 80 students is provided in this great room, which is home to the 2,000-volume reference collection.
The book collection and individual student carrels are distributed equally on the second, third, and fourth floors that open directly to the Reading Room. A wood-paneled lobby on the first floor connects the building entrances from the courtyard to the south and the parking areas to the north, and functionally separates the Law Library from the Smart classroom and student computer lab.
Framing the interior entrance to the library are display cases that inform visitors about the law faculty and the library. The west wing of the library provides a total of ten private study rooms and seven group study rooms that serve from two-to-eight students each and are on the second and third floors. Crowning the west wing and surrounded by a roof terrace is the Special Collections Rare Book Reading Room.
To get a better sense of the beautiful space that is HUSL Library, view our self-guided tour.