Pence Law Library

Monday – Friday     8:00 am – 12:00 am
Saturday –Sunday   9:00 am -12:00 am

Services Available to the General Public at the Pence Law Library

The following services are available to public patrons of the Pence Law Library:

  • Use of government documents under the Federal Depository Library Program
  • Use of the library materials in the Pence Law Library collection
  • General reference assistance
  • Use of general library seating for short-term research
  • Copy facilities (patrons must purchase an EagleBucks value card in the student convenience center)
  • Computer workstations with Internet access (word-processing programs and printing are not available)

Public patrons may access the library from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the week and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the weekends. Visitors must present a picture ID and sign in at the security desk in the law school lobby. During reading and examination periods, the library is closed to all users except WCL and AU students, faculty, and staff and patrons seeking to use government documents.

The Pence Law Library reserves the right to modify public access to our collections and services at any time.

Alumni Database Access

WCL's Pence Law Library is the first law school in the country to offer its alumni access to HeinOnline's Law Journal database. This database has more than 1,700 law and law-related journals with a broad range of coverage. Alumni can search the database by keyword, article title, author, subject, and/or state or country published. Articles can be downloaded in a searchable PDF format. Alumni access to HeinOnline is available through the CareerLink home page that can be accessed using a personal login and password. To request a CareerLink account, send an e-mail to including your full name, date of graduation, degree program, and your primary e-mail address (which will become your CareerLink username). Registration may take up to two business days.

In addition to HeinOnline, WCL alumni have access to several interdisciplinary article databases, including JSTOR, Project Muse, and Academic Search Premier. To access these databases, alumni should e-mail Cozette Conrad at She can arrange access to the AU alumni online community.

Due to license restrictions, WCL cannot offer remote access to other subscription-based databases to graduates, but Pence staff members welcome and encourage the use of the library's website and catalog at The new Encore catalog interface allows alumni to search the library's collections to access content from many places, including articles from HeinOnline.

WCL alumni are welcome to use the library and its collections the old-fashioned way—by stopping in during public hours (listed above). Reference librarians are happy to assist graduates with research at their firms and offices to provide assistance with complicated research projects related to legislative history, regulatory issues, international and foreign law, and other topics. To contact a reference librarian, email

Alumni cards enable graduates to borrow circulating materials from the law library. Cards are available in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at the law school. Alumni may use electronic databases and resources anywhere in the library. Wireless access and several computers are available for patrons' use. Available databases include ProQuest Congressional, BloombergBNA topical materials, and CCH Intelliconnect.

Please contact Billie Jo Kaufman, Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources, at / 202-274-4374 or Shannon Roddy, Student Services Librarian, at / 202-274-4332 if you have any questions.