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Welcome! The Virginia Campus Library is located in Northern Virginia providing services to The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus.

Welcome! The Virginia Campus Library is located in Northern Virginia providing services to The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus.

How to Help GW Students Now

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student facing unexpected financial hardship due to COVID-19, the GW Cares Student Assistance Fund may be able to help. A link to the application form is available in the GW Today article, as is a donation link for individuals wishing to contribute to the fund. GW Cares Student Assistance Fund supports students with financial hardships, including those related to COVID-19.

Himmelfarb is online and here for you! – Himmelfarb Library News

Himmelfarb Library's medical resources and librarians continue to be available to GW's SON, SMHS and Milken School of Public Health students, faculty and staff.

Himmelfarb has been purchasing many required nursing and health textbooks as library e-books (when available) for student convenience and accessibility. These titles are searchable via the Himmelfarb Library online catalog. Himmelfarb is online and here for you! Author Laura AbatePublished on March 23, 2020Leave a comment on Himmelfarb is online and here for you! Students, faculty and staff in GW's SMHS, SON and Milken School of Public Health have full access to the collections and services of the Himmelfarb Health Sci...

Funding for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our grantseeking community might be interested in Candid's coronavirus philanthropy tracking website: what funders are responding to crisis response efforts, and where that funding is going. Philanthropy's response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

[03/19/20]   Temporarily closed for COVID-19 precautions:

Beginning March 19, 2020, the VSTC Library and study rooms will be closed due to COVID-19 public health safety recommendations. GWorld cardholders and the general public will not have access to our suite until further notice.

We apologize to our community for any inconvenience. Teleworking staff is continuing to assist with research needs, and our online library resources are fully operational.

Faculty Guides | Instructional Technology Lab (ITL) | The George Washington University

Faculty guides for Blackboard course management are available via the Instructional Technology Lab website.

Blackboard | GW Information Technology | The George Washington University

Support is available for Blackboard 24/7 through the GW Instructional Core team as well as through our vendor. GW affiliates should call 202-994-4948; Blackboard FAQs and resources are also available via the IT website. Blackboard at GW is an online course management system based on the Blackboard Learning System. It enables users to access course syllabi, course-related materials, assignments, assessments and communication features provided by instructors. Blackboard at GW is an authenticated system, so GW communi...

Have you already come across data papers in your research or want to learn more about this emerging publishing trend?

Do you know about data papers? Learn how to use this new type of paper in your research!

[03/17/20]   The VSTC Library and our partner libraries are working with anyone with checked-out items that may need renewals. You may keep any library books in your possession while our services are disrupted and do not need to make any special efforts to return items that are coming due soon. Simply contact one of the GW libraries and we will update your account.

VSTC students may return items to the book drop slot outside the library if they are already onsite for other reasons, such as using study rooms (do not make a special trip just to return books!). Returned books will be safe in the book drop until a staff member can check them in. There will be no penalty if items happen to go overdue in the interim.

We understand this is a stressful time for everyone and appreciate your patience and understanding!

[03/16/20]   Please ensure that you carry your GWorld card if visiting the VSTC campus, as you will need it to access all buildings, including Enterprise Hall (and the library). There will be no general public access at this time.

[03/13/20]   Beginning March 16, 2020, VSTC Library staff will be teleworking and available via email only, due to University COVID-19 precautions (end date TBD). Other library online resources and Ask US assistance is available 24/7 at

Library access will be granted to GWorld cardholders only, with no general public access until further notice.

Students needing to study may continue to come into the library and work independently. Please assume the same risk of virus contact as for any other public space, and please clean up after yourself and your study group. Stay safe, stay healthy!

[03/13/20]   Nursing and other School of Medicine affiliates: Himmelfarb Library has announced the following schedule changes:

Starting 8 am 3/16, the Himmelfarb Library will be open

8am until midnight 3/16 to 3/19 (Monday-Thursday)

8 am until 8pm 3/20 (Friday)

8 am until 6 pm 3/21 and 3/22 (Saturday-Sunday)

The developing COVID-19 situation will be reassessed before the week starting March 23, so stay tuned for updates.

Himmelfarb reference hours remain the same: 8:30 until 8 M-Th (via chat,e-mail and Webex)

8:30 to 5, Friday

Noon to 4, Saturday

All electronic collections are available:24/7


DMV area 501(c)3 grantseekers, please see this RFP from the GW Arc Foundation (a GW student-created initiative) for an opportunity to apply for a grant up to $10,000 towards programming, education, and professional development focused on equity in the criminal justice system. (Deadline to apply: April 16, 2020)

Please feel free to share this announcement with any relevant 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. (Individuals are not eligible to apply.) The GW Arc Foundation is a partner of the Learning by Giving Foundation, an organization that funds student-led philanthropic initiatives. The program teaches students effective giving practices by…

COVID-19, Copyright, & Library Superpowers (Part I)

Instructors: this blog post by a copyright specialist discusses flexible fair use applications in the COVID-19 instructional continuity period. Fair Use and Exigent Circumstances *The opinions and scholarship communicated on this website are the author’s own, expressed in his personal capacity.* If you work in any of the higher ed institut…

Upcoming Workshops - Instructional Technology Lab

Instructors: training for Blackboard and other online teaching resources is available in upcoming webinar and in-person workshops (to be held at the Gelman Library on the main campus). Details and registration are available in the link.

For those interested in viewing a webcast of tomorrow's GW Coronavirus Community Grand Rounds updates (March 4, noon-1:00pm), a link is provided in the below post.

GW Coronavirus Community Grand Rounds on Wed Mar 4 will provide high-level update of the outbreak to-date, clinical features of COVID-19 disease, what the medical enterprise is doing to address the disease, and what to expect as we move forward.

[02/17/20]   The VSTC Library circulation desk and foundation grantseeking resources will be closed for business on Mon., Feb. 17 (Presidents' Day).

Current GWorld cardholders may tap in to access library study space and pick up books on hold.

[02/13/20]   Lost & Found: If you suspect you've left behind any personal items in the library within the last few days, please contact staff with a description. We've seen an increase of "found" items this week (chalk it up to the stress of exams and assignments!) and would like to reunite them with their owners. 📕🔌🌂

Three new nursing titles are available for checkout as of today on our New Books shelf:

Pearson Nurse's Drug Guide 2020
Communication in Nursing, 9th edition
2020-2021 Oncology Nursing Drug Handbook

Research Guides: APA Citation Style, 7th edition: APA

If your instructor wants you to use APA style, 7th edition for your assignments, you can refer to Himmelfarb Library's updated online guide.

Be aware that free citation generators that you might find via Google might not yet reflect important changes from APA 6th to the brand-new 7th. It will take time for many general websites to transition fully (and accurately!), so we always recommend consulting official resources.

The VSTC Library keeps a print copy of the 7th edition guide permanently on our Reference shelf next to study room 184. Students are welcome to use this copy in-library and return it to the shelf when done. A guide to help users create citations using APA (American Psychological Association) style, 7th edition.

Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library

Browse Himmelfarb's library book sale next week at their main campus location in Ross Hall.

Note: entrance to Ross Hall is limited to current GWorld cardholders affiliated with GW medical school programs; our SON, pre-med, and other health sciences students are most certainly welcome!

Check out Himmelfarb Library's annual booksale next week - Jan 29-31!

Our new, updated copies of the APA style manual, 7th edition have arrived! (Confirm with your instructors whether they prefer you to use the 6th or 7th edition this term.)

Checkout is on a first-come, first-served basis. See staff for help. Three circulating copies are available, and a fourth will remain in non-circulating reference next to study room #184 (this copy will stay in the library 24/7 for onsite use).

[12/20/19]   The GW Libraries will be closed for business December 21 - January 1.

VSTC Library study rooms are available through the break to current students. An active GWorld Card is required to access Enterprise Hall.

Important: no trash will be collected from the library during the break! Kindly take any food trash with you when you leave to prevent a vile stench prior to staff's return on January 2.

GW Undergraduate Review Provides Support System for Student Researchers

The GW Undergraduate Review (GWUR) is expanding opportunities for publishing undergraduate research in their academic journal. The submission deadline is January 31 for the Spring 2020 issue. Condensed research overviews will give more students the opportunity to submit their work for publication this spring.

[12/09/19]   There's still time to donate healthy canned or boxed food to the GW food pantry drive! Items can be dropped off at the box across from the library service desk, Enterprise Hall #179, by noon this Wednesday, Dec. 11. A collection box will also be available at the VSTC staff holiday party on Dec. 11.

Other requested items: bath products, Aldi gift cards

Nursing students, take note: a selection of NCLEX test prep guides is available immediately for checkout. Browse by call number beginning with RT 55, or stop by the library desk for directions!

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Preparing for a technical certification exam? Want some training or a refresher on software or career development topics? GW students and affiliates can access self-paced video tutorials in LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda), using their GW single sign-on information. Your account has been upgraded to LinkedIn Learning to help fuel your lifetime of learning and professional development. Log in to LinkedIn Learning to explore. Log in to Linked in Learning

[12/04/19]   VSTC Library holiday donation drive for The Store (GW's food pantry helping over 500 food insecure members of the GW community). Look for the donation box across from the library service desk, from today (12/4) through noon on Wed., 12/11.

Items needed:
Healthy canned goods, pasta and other non-perishable food
Bath items such as soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc.
Aldi gift cards that will go towards weekly produce runs at Aldi

GivingTuesday 2019 at GW - The George Washington University

Pricey textbooks shouldn't stand in the way of education. GW Libraries and Academic Innovation supports the transition to open and affordable textbooks. This GivingTuesday, make a difference by supporting the Top Textbooks program. #TextBookBroke

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Q: When should I request library books that I'll need to (or want to) use over Winter break?

A: Now!!!

As we move closer to the winter holidays, it becomes more difficult to get interlibrary loan materials quickly. Our library partners operate with reduced hours and staff, books get delayed in shipping due to increased mail volume, and demand increases in anticipation of the Spring semester.

Whether you're looking for coursework information or just something fun to read by the fireside, the earlier you place your requests the better!

Start your search now in the GW Libraries catalog.

[11/27/19]   Happy Thanksgiving! The VSTC Library will close for business Nov. 28-29, but our web resources are open 24/7 at

We have just added a selection of 14 new-to-us titles in the areas of grantseeking, nonprofit management and philanthropy to our collection, thanks to a generous gift from the former Foundation Center library (now Candid) on K St., NW.

For assistance with these and other resources about the nonprofit sector, please see our staff.

Opportunity awaits through the GW Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research.

Hey #GWU! #fellowships & #research experiences are great ways to get ahead in your #careerpath! The Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research helps students and alumni with applying for #researchopportunities & fellowship competitions! #raisehigh #careerdevelopment #careerdevelopmentmonth #career #work #fellow #researchassistant

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This Wednesday, Nov. 13th, is Data & GIS Day at the Gelman Library on the GW main campus, with a full day of in-person sessions to help you build new skills with data and statistical tools. Beginners are welcome!

Visit the event page below to view the full schedule. Sessions are designed to be standalone, so feel free to attend as many or as few as your schedule allows. GW Libraries at the George Washington University, including the Gelman Library on the Foggy Bottom Campus, Eckles Library at Mount Vernon Campus, and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library

Two new print titles were added to our collection today and are available for checkout on our New Books shelves.

Professional Nursing: Concepts and Challenges (9th edition)

Metabolic Phenotyping in Personalized and Public Healthcare (graciously donated to us by a GW professor)

Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library

Here are some more excellent resources for GW SON and other health sciences students and employees working with topics in evidence-based medicine. (And if you don't already follow the Himmelfarb Library, you really should!)

Evidence-based healthcare resource whether you're working on basic concepts, clinical application, or advanced analysis!

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The Safari Tech Books database (ebooks from O'Reilly) may be temporarily unavailable due to power outages and evacuations affecting the O'Reilly headquarters in Northern California. If you encounter problems, please try back later..

The Ask Us service may also be able to help you find relevant information another way if O'Reilly resources are down (the contact information is in the link). GW Libraries at the George Washington University, including the Gelman Library on the Foggy Bottom Campus, Eckles Library at Mount Vernon Campus, and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library

Which Publications Matter at Which Stages of Your Career?

Here's a useful primer for those in or aspiring to a career in academia with "publish-or-perish" expectations. Invest your writing efforts wisely! It’s hard enough to get a tenure-track job now but your odds are even longer with too many of the wrong kinds of publications.

Several new healthcare titles have arrived this morning. Stop by our New Books shelf to check them out!

Rural Nursing

Prescription for the People: An activist's guide to making medicine affordable for all

Mayo Clinic Essential Neurology, 2nd ed.

Non-invasive Ventilation and Weaning: Principles and Practice, 2nd ed.

Infiltrating Healthcare: How Marketing Works Underground to Influence Nurses

[09/24/19]   If the library's five study rooms are all occupied, there are some alternate spaces on our floor that may meet your group's needs:

Small groups *may* talk quietly in the main seating area of the library, provided they do are not disruptive to others trying to study. Reminder: our Quiet Space room (180) is reserved for silent study only and is not intended for group conversation.

Room 170: general seating area, with computers and desk space off to the right

Spacious area with tables and soft seating: walk straight down the hallway between the elevators and pass through the wood and glass doors

Breakout rooms in the hallways (177, 178, 100G): these rooms with whiteboards are often used for official business (the library does not manage the scheduling); if you opt to use these rooms without a reservation, you will be bumped if another group has them scheduled.

Open soft seating area (with printer kiosk) between classrooms 175 and 176.

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44983 Knoll Sq
Ashburn, VA

General information

This location operates as a small satellite branch of the George Washington University Library system. We are not affiliated with the Loudoun County Public Library system. Non-GW visitors, including WRLC Consortium-affiliated students, are welcome Monday - Friday between 9:30am-6:00pm to conduct library research or access Foundation Center grantseeking databases. Current GW students and staff may access library study space 24/7 with a valid GWorld Card. GW Alumni must obtain a GWorld Alumni Card from a GWorld Office location to enable 24/7 VSTC Library access; GW alumni who do not possess an alumni card are welcome to visit during the library's regular weekday business hours.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 18:00
Thursday 09:30 - 18:00
Friday 09:30 - 18:00
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