The U.S. Military Academy is currently restricting access to the Central Post Restricted Area (CPRA), in which the USMA Library is located. Non-USMA personnel are not permitted to visit the library without specific authorization.
Welcome to the U.S. Military Academy Library at West Point. If you are not currently studying at or employed at West Point but are interested in services and materials available through our library, you will find information and links below.
The USMA Library has a primary mission to support the cadets, faculty, and staff of the U.S. Military Academy in their academic work. Therefore, our services for visitors and alumni are different from what you will find at your local public or university library.
Access to the USMA Library is limited due to COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information on access to post and the cadet area (where the library is located), visit https://www.westpoint.edu/coronavirus.
The Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center is located in the Central Post Restricted Area. Jefferson Hall is not a public facility and is not open for browsing or touring by the general public. The following individuals are authorized unescorted access to the common areas of Jefferson Hall during all hours of public operation:
The following individuals are authorized unescorted access to common areas of Jefferson Hall prior to 1900 on any day of operation only:
Please note that if you are seeking access to materials held in our general circulating collection, you should first request the materials via interlibrary loan from your local public or post library.
Access to databases and many licensed electronic resources are only available to active cadets, faculty, and staff assigned to USMA. The USMA Library does not license digital materials for graduates or Army personnel assigned to other posts. USMA Library also does not license resources for inbound faculty during their graduate study, nor for former faculty (military or civilian) or former employees.
Visitors to the USMA Library should report to the Welcome Desk on the first floor of Jefferson Hall upon arrival to register. All visitors over the age of 14 should carry and display appropriate identification as described above at all times. Bags and parcels may also be subject to search at any time during your visit.
For full access policies, please see Dean’s Policy Operating Memorandum 08-1.
If you are curious about our facility, we offer an online tour (WREN access required).
Reference and research assistance for visitors and alumni is available as staffing allows on topics relating to the West Point Military Reservation, the U.S. Military Academy, and its graduates. Requests concerning other topics are best directed to your local public or post library.
Initial inquiries regarding reference and research assistance should be made online.
USMA Library is located in the Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center in the Central Area of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. More information is available on accessing West Point. Our street address for navigation is 758 Cullum Road. Directions are available. Parking within a short distance of the library is generally not available. More information on parking is available.
Visitors to the USMA Library are expected to conduct themselves just as cadets, faculty, and staff. Full information on acceptable conduct and behavior is available.
The USMA Library does provide limited wireless networking capability in certain locations within Jefferson Hall. Visitors requesting access to this network will be asked to sign an acceptable use agreement and comply with network-use policies. Please see the help desk on the 2nd floor for more information.
The following library services are not available to visitors and alumni:
** Exceptions may be made for government documents or archives & special collections materials based upon copyright, condition of the item, and equipment availability.
Many visitors and alumni support the mission of the USMA Library through gifts-in-kind and other donations. Complete information on the gifts and donations processes is available.