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Library Orientation

An easy access point to the LRD library resources.

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:

Your Library Account

Patrons can view their library account via the My Library Account page. From the library account, patrons can:

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


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

The library's food and drink policy can be read in full on our FAQ Page.

Borrowing privileges:

  • There is no limit to the number of items a student can check out.
  • Undergraduates & graduate students: 6 weeks with two renewals
  • Faculty: End of semester loan with two renewals

The full fines policy can be found in our "How much are library fines?" FAQ

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.

About the Library

The library is a part of the Learning Resources Division and is located on Level B of Building 39 on the Van Ness campus.

‚ÄčThe 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, now also located in Building 52. 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 Library 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.