Learn from the past, study for the future

Library and Archives

Explore our expanse of information resources and study space at the Gallaudet University Library or discover world-leading research and artifacts from the cultural history of the Deaf community from our University Archives.


Online Databases




Streaming Videos


Print Volumes


Media Items

Explore the vast amount of resources we offer for your study and research needs.

The University Library is located in the I. King Jordan Student Academic Center, Suite 1220, while Merrill Learning Center undergoes major renovations.

Information Tailored to Your Experience

Found what you’re looking for? Great! The Gallaudet University Library lends books, videos, and media to all authorized library users. Simply check out, and we’ll send an email to your Gallaudet account with all of the information you need related to know such as due dates, our overdue policy, and fine/fee notices.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for on our shelves, you have access to university libraries throughout the country through Interlibrary Loan, . Simply fill out a request online through your Library account to have the book or media item shipped to us, and bring it back when you’re done. We’ll handle the rest for you!

Additionally, Gallaudet University is a proud member of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC)–meaning you have access to any of the eight university library members in the Washington, D.C. area. Visit their location, borrow books and media, or even have items sent directly to Gallaudet.

It can be hard to find a distraction-free environment to focus on your studies. That’s where we come in! Find the perfect spot to prepare for class, or finish up your homework in one of our individual or group study spaces.

Our librarians are trained researchers, ready to guide you through your research efforts. Learn how to search through our research guides, citation guides, instructional videos, and more to get the most out of our resources and your research.

Explore our Deaf and Signing History


Digital images in the Archives


Manuscripts in the Archives


Rare books in the Archives


Pieces of Art in the Archives


Films and Videos in the Archives

4 miles

Of Shelving in the Archives

The Archives and the National Deaf Life Museum contain the rich history of deaf culture through photos, manuscripts, portraits, films, artifacts, and rare books. Immerse yourself in the unique collections and resources you’ll find only at Gallaudet!

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