About the Library

The Pence Law Library is the hub of legal research at the Washington College of Law. The primary mission of the Pence Law Library is to provide the faculty, students, and staff of AUWCL with the information resources and library services necessary to support the instructional, research, and service activities of the law school.

The library is located in the Warren Building, spanning three floors. In addition to a robust U.S. legal collection, the library has specialized foreign & international law and human rights collections. The library has also been a federal government depository for more than thirty years and has a selected collection of federal primary resources.

Research Assistance

Research assistance by email is available at reference@wcl.american.edu, by telephone at 202-274-4352, and via Chat at the following times:

  • Monday through Friday:  10 am to 4 pm
  • Other times by appointment  

Zoom meetings by appointment for in-depth research assistance will also be available. 

More Information:

Hours (beginning August 24, 2020)

During the Fall 2020 semester, the Library will only be open to WCL Students, Faculty & Staff. Study space in the library is limited. Students should arrange to check out and pick up materials through the library catalog or by contacting circ@wcl.american.edu

Days Hours
Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am - 5pm