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 members of the public using 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 are available with the purchase of an EagleBucks value card which may be purchased in the Student Convenience Centers on the first and second floors
  • Use of computer workstations with Internet access is available on the first floor of the library.  These workstations are not equipped with word-processing programs.

Access to the library is available during normal business hours and upon presentation of a picture ID and signing in at the Security Desk in the Lobby.  During reading and examination periods, the library is closed to all users except WCL and AU students, 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.

Please contact Adeen Postar, Deputy Director, at apostar@wcl.american.edu; 202-274-4377or John Smith, Access Services Librarian, at jasmith@wcl.american.edu; 202-274-4354 if you have any questions.

 

Pence Law Library First to Offer HeinOnline to Alums

Adeen Postar

This fall, WCL’s Pence Law Library became 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, 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 careerdevelopment@wcl.american.edu 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 alums have access to several interdisciplinary article databases with thousands of journals, including JSTOR, Project Muse and Academic Search Premier through the Pence Law Library. To access these databases, alums should e-mail Rebecca Vander Linde at vanderli@american.edu. She can arrange access to the AU Alumni Online community at https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1395/index1col.aspx?sid=1395&gid=1&pgid=3&cid=40. Due to license restrictions, WCL cannot offer remote access to other subscription-based databases to graduates, but Pence staff welcome and encourage the use of the library’s Web site and catalog at http://library.wcl.american.edu/.  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. Reference librarians are happy to assist graduates with research at their firms and offices for legal information and to provide assistance with complicated research projects related to legislative history, regulatory issues, international and foreign law and other materials and topics. To contact a reference librarian, e-mail  reflib@wcl.american.edu or send an instant message to AskPenceLibrary.

Alumni cards enable graduates to borrow circulating materials from the law library, after registering with the Circulation Desk and obtaining a bar code. Cards are available in Room 373 in the Law School.

Alumni may use electronic databases and resources anywhere in the library. Wireless access and several computers are available for patrons’ use. Databases available include ProQuest Congressional, BloombergBNA topical materials, and the CCH Intelliconnect. The library also has a workstation that allows Westlaw access that can be used for research.