American University Library contains over 775,000 volumes; 3,150 print periodical titles; 1,000,000 microfilms; 9,000 films, videos, and multimedia; and 750 electronic resources.
Of even greater importance to scholars and other library users, American University is a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, a collaborative association with seven other college and university libraries in the Washington metropolitan area that makes our library resources vast. American University students enjoy borrowing privileges and on-site use at all Consortium libraries.
American University is affiliated with the Washington Consortium of Universities. Composed of eleven universities and one college, the Consortium encourages students to take classes at any Consortium institution. The variety of offerings of the member campuses, coupled with the resources of the nation's capital, create a vast campus of unequaled intellectual activity and cultural diversity. If a particular course is not offered at American University, graduate students may take it at an affiliated Consortium university and receive credit toward their MA degree at American University.
Washington, DC, offers unique resources for research, internships, part-time employment, and intellectual enrichment. The extensive collections of the Library of Congress provide unparalleled research opportunities for literature students. The Folger Shakespeare Library sponsors an Institute for Renaissance and Eighteenth-Century Studies, of which American University is a founding member. The Institute brings noted scholars from across the United States and from Europe to offer semester-long seminars, many of which are open to American University graduate students for course credit; participants are also eligible to use the Rare Book library while their courses are in progress. Students have held internships at the Folger Library, the National Endowments for the Humanities and the Arts, National Public Radio, local theaters, and many other area institutions.
The links provided below suggest some of the many resources in the greater Washington metropolitan area that complement students’ education at American University.