Resources: Bender Library

Resources: Bender Library


The Fast Facts:

What are the hours of operation?
Bender Library is open 24 hours a day Monday-Friday for students
Saturdays: 9 AM to 9PM
Sundays: 9 AM to 11PM
Hours may vary on holidays

How do I contact Bender Library?
Call: (202) 885-3232


Tools and Resources Available through the Library:

  • Find books. AU is part of the Washington Research Library Consortium—if AU doesn’t have what you need in their collection, you can request the material from another library within the Consortium (or make an interlibrary loan request). Check out the library site or stop by the circulation desk for more information. You can also access hundreds of journals and literary publications (like The New York Review of Books & The New Yorker) via the library’s online database.
  • Book loans for months at a time. As graduate students, we can borrow materials for up to 6 weeks. If the item is part of AU’s collection, you can renew it up to 3 times online (as long as no one else has requested the item).  If you need additional time, bring the item into the library for a manual renewal.
  • Research Help. Call the reference desk at (202) 885-3238 or stop by the first floor reference desk to chat with a librarian.
  • Lockers. Stop by Graduate Resource Center desk (you can access this from the SIS building or the basement of the library) to check out a locker for the day; stop by the circulation desk in Bender library to sign out a locker for the semester.
  • IT Helpdesk. Is the campus WiFi not working? Did you lock yourself out of Blackboard? Spill water on your laptop? Call IT at (202)-885-2550, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for immediate assistance. For less pressing issues, email IT or stop by the Tech Support Desk on the first floor in Bender Library.
  • Printing Allowance. As graduate students we have a $25 printing allowance that auto-renews each semester.

Did we miss something? Check out the library’s website for more information, and be sure to utilize all the resources and opportunities available to you on campus!



Elise Huang is a contributing writer for Café Américain and a first-year candidate in the American University’s Creative Writing MFA program.

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