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Library Orientation: About

An easy access point to the LRD library resources.

Library Card Registration and Your Library Account

You must have your UDC ONEcard registered with the library in order to use it as your library card. 

Card registration is done at the Circulation Desk on the the 5th floor of Buidling 41 or at the Library Resource Room at 801 N. Capital Street.

The bar code on the back of the ONEcard is the library account number.

Registering your card allows you to:

  • Use virtually all of the LRD Library's electronic resources from off campus -- access article databases and e-Books, as well as use Consortium Loan
  • Gain access to all WRLC member libraries
  • Check out books

Each student can view their library account via the My Library Account page. From the library account the student can:

  • Renew books
  • Check the status of consortia loan items
  • Save links to databases and e-journals used frequently
  • Sign up for text and e-mail alerts

WiFi in the Library

The campus of UDC is internet connected via Wi-Fi access; to set up the Wi-Fi connection, visit the Office of Information Technology's Help Desk in Building 41, Room 316.


Cell phone use is not allowed in the library. Please make sure your phone is on silent when you are in the library.

Water is the only beverage allowed in the library; all other beverages and food are not allowed.

Borrowing privileges:

  • There is no limit to the number of items a student can check out.
  • Undergraduates: 28 days with two renewals
  • Graduate students: 42 days with two renewals

Fines :

  • Twenty-five cents ($0.25) per day after due date
  • Twenty-five dollar maximum ($25.00) per item

The Library Homepage

The library homepage is where you can start a catalog search, and find links to our resources and information about our services.

There are a number of ways to navigate to the library homepage.

From any of our Research Guides, click on our logo or the Learning Resources Division breadcrumb:

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From the UDC homepage, click on the "Academics" tab in the menu bar below the image banner, then click on "Library":

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Use and bookmark the URL:

About the Library

The library is a part of the Learning Resources Division and it is located on multiple floors of Building 41 on the Van Ness campus.  The locations of LRD and library materials and services are listed below:

  • Level A (entrance): Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives, study area
  • Level 1: Serials, instructional classrooms 104 & 105, Research Academy for Integrated Learning (Blackboard), C. H. Kirkman Resource Library for Cooperatives, Filmfest DC, library media technicians
  • Level 2: LRD administration
  • Level 5: Circulation desk, reference desk, book stacks, instruction classroom 510

The UDC Library provides the following services to students:

  • Access to research and library materials
  • Access to Washington Research Libraries Consortium materials
  • A place to study
  • Computers, printers, scanners, and photocopiers
  • Help with research assignments and using the materials in the library

UDC Law Library

The David A. Clarke School of Law, located in building 52 on the Van Ness campus maintains its own library, The Mason Law Library, located in Building 39. Many of their resources can only be used by students and faculty of the law school and the library is closed to all non-UDC law students during reading and finals weeks.


UDC belongs to the Washington Research Libraries Consortium (WRLC).

The nine member libraries share circulating materials with each other and have a common library catalog.

You can use the catalog to look for materials in all of the libraries' collections at one time, or you can limit your search to any one of the libraries.