Georgetown University Library

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Georgetown University Library
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Lauinger Library is the main library of Georgetown University
Country United States
Type Academic library
Location Washington, D.C.
Branches7 buildings, 11 libraries
Size3.5 million printed items, including 1.25 million e-books, with most in Lauinger Library [1]
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DirectorArtemis Kirk

The Georgetown University Library is the library system of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.. The library's holdings now contain approximately 3.5 million volumes housed in seven university buildings across 11 separate collections.



The Georgetown University Library was created with a donation of over 100 volumes of books in 1796 by Louis William Valentine Dubourg, the third President of Georgetown College. [2]


Lauinger Library

The library's largest building, the Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library, is located on Georgetown's main campus and holds the majority of the library system's collections.

Blommer Science Library

Blommer Science Library is located in the Reiss Science building, on Georgetown's main campus. It stores materials for undergraduate and graduate study in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics.

Woodstock Theological Library

The Woodstock Theological Library is one of the oldest Catholic theological libraries in the United States, having been founded in 1869. The library moved to Georgetown in 1974, accompanying the Woodstock Theological Center, which closed in 2013, although the library remains in existence.

School of Continuing Studies Downtown Campus Library

The School of Continuing Studies Downtown Library opened with the move of Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies to a new Downtown campus in 2013. The library offers course reserve materials and provides a pickup location for materials from other libraries.

Bioethics Research Library

The Bioethics Research Library is located on the second floor of Healy Hall.

Dahlgren Memorial Library

Dahlgren Memorial Library provides information and digital services and resources to support faculty, staff, and students of the Georgetown University Medical Center.

Riggs Memorial Library

Riggs Memorial Library served as the main library of Georgetown between 1891 and 1970, until it was replaced by Lauinger Library. Riggs library, which is located on the third floor of Healy Hall, is one of the few existing cast-iron libraries in the country and still serves its original purpose of storing books.

Edward Bennett Williams Law Library

The Williams Law Library is the main library of the Georgetown University Law Center.

John Wolff International and Comparative Law Library

The Wolff International and Comparative Law Library is housed separately from the Williams Law Library in the Hotung International Law Center Building. Its collection focuses on primary and secondary foreign sources, with materials from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, and South Africa, and other nations. It also has extensive documents from international organizations including the Permanent Court of International Justice, the League of Nations, the United Nations, European Union, International Court of Justice, World Trade Organization, GATT, and the Council of Europe.

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar Library

Maternal and Child Health Library

The Maternal and Child Health Library was founded in 1982 and is part of the Georgetown's National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health.

Collaborations with other library systems

Georgetown is part of the Washington Research Library Consortium, a joint initiative by nine universities in the District of Columbia which coordinates access and resources between the nine library systems. Members may borrow books from other libraries in the system and they share off-site storage, among other initiatives.

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  1. "The Library in Numbers". Georgetown University Library. 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  2. "Historical Facts". Georgetown University. Archived from the original on August 25, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.