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Library Services and Instructional Continuity - Students

Law Library Status

The Law Library is open only to the Law School community,
including 2021 Catholic University Law graduates.
Operating hours are posted on the Law Library website.

Please note, certain services are only being offered online, such as Reference and Computer Assistance. In addition, the Law Library is unable to supply earplugs and other office supplies during this time.  We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these restrictions. This guide provides information on how the Law Library is responding to the current situation and how we are continuing to support the curricular and research needs of the Law School community.

Law students, faculty and staff should continue to check the Law School and Law Library websites for further updates. We appreciate your patience as we translate the University’s latest guidelines into Law Library procedures.

Access Policy

In order to comply with District orders and University policies, we ask that you adhere to the following:

  • The law library is restricted to the Law School community, including 2021 CUA Law School graduates.

  • CUA Law students must use their Cardinal Card, with the “LAW” notation, to access the Law Library.  

  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you must wear a mask. District of Columbia guidelines require those who are not fully vaccinated to continue to wear a mask at all times in the District, including on campus. Respect those in the law school community who still need to wear masks, and keep your social distance.

  • Seats have been arranged/marked for social distancing.  Patrons must sit only in designated seats and may not move signage or furniture.

  • In order to help maintain social distancing, some areas of the Law Library are not accessible to patrons.  These areas include the Reference Room, and the small computer lab on the 3rd floor, among others. 

  • A copier/scanner has been moved to the lobby and another is available on the 3rd floor.  One public computer along with an attached printer is available in the lobby.  In addition, one stand alone printer is located in the lobby which can be connected to through a USB cable.  

  • Certain library services will continue to only be available remotely.  These include Reference and Computer assistance.

Online Resources and Research Databases

The Law Library subscribes to over 35 specialized legal research databases. All databases are available on campus, just enter your Catholic University user name and password when prompted. Westlaw Edge, Lexis+ and CALI require an individual password. Contact a reference librarian (see contact information below) if you need a password.

To use databases off-campus, you must go through the law library's website (except for Westlaw Edge, Lexis+ and CALI). Enter your Catholic University user name and password when prompted.

Popular Databases
National News
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Catholic University​ Library Databases
Judge Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library / 3600 John McCormack Road N.E., Washington, DC 20064 / 202-319-5155