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 3, 2020)

During the Fall 2020 semester, the Library will only be open to WCL Students, Faculty & Staff 

Days Hours
Monday - Thursday 8am - 10pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am - 5pm

*Please note that all visitors must check-in at the Warren Information Desk located on the Terrace Level of the Warren building