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Gallaudet University Library's mission is to serve students, faculty, staff, and other researchers from around the world by providing access to research materials and the information literacy skills students will need throughout their lives.   In addition to the world's largest collection of deaf materials, the Library builds, maintains, and organizes a collection of general online and print books, journals, databases, videos, and other materials to support academic programs. The Library also maintains a small collection of popular videos and books for students' pleasure viewing and reading.  Librarians create instructional tools and aids to make these collections accessible, teach classes in their use, and assist individual students and researchers. The Gallaudet University Archives is home to the institutional records of Gallaudet University and strives to preserve the memory of the global Deaf community. The Archives' collection includes artifacts, photographs, films, papers, periodicals, books, and other items.

Community members can access the Library catalog, journals, databases, and other resources from the Library web site. The Library web site also offers many online guides to help students and visitors start research in Deaf and other disciplines. Librarians are available to answer questions and help students with research in person, through video (866-957-4416) or voice (x5217) phone, email (, text message (text bisonlib to 66746), and real-time chat accessible on the Library web site.

The Library's Group Study Rooms and Deaf Library Study Center, which include large display monitors, provide space for group study and collaboration. Round study tables and moveable white boards are available throughout the public spaces in the building. Students use individual study carrels and tables for private study. Comfortable chairs and couches give students a place to relax when they need study break.

Through Gallaudet's participation in the Washington Research Library Consortium (, the Gallaudet community has full access to the Library collections at eight additional area universities, including the rights to borrow materials from those libraries. The shared catalog for the WRLC libraries includes more than 12 million items.

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