OLLI at AU is located at 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, which is handicapped accessible for walkers and wheelchairs. All of OLLI’s classrooms have hearing loops. See the Hearing Loop information below.

American University Benefits

  • AU Library: All registered OLLI members may use the AU Library. The library is located on the main campus at the west end of the university quadrangle. Request a Special Borrowers Card from the Circulation Desk. Tell them you are an OLLI member. We send a list of our members to the library when each academic session begins.
  • AU Fitness Centers: OLLI members are eligible for an annual membership at the Jacobs Fitness Center (202-885-6267) at a discounted rate.

Books will be ordered through Politics and Prose bookstore at 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, 202-364-1919 or online. Politics and Prose is offering OLLI members a 10% discount on books for study groups.

Books also can be ordered online (often at reduced prices) or purchased at other book stores. The following are some online suggestions for purchasing books, in alphabetical order:,,,,,,, and

Contact Information
Please log into your OLLI account to ensure your contact information, including home and cell telephone number(s), email, as well as emergency contact name and relationship are current and accurate.

Directory of Members
We publish a membership directory each semester listing members’ names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails. Please fill out this section of the registration form carefully. The directory is available online to download during the second week of class. A limited number of printed copies are available upon request.

Email and E-Newsletter
We use email as our primary means of communication.
Please make sure that you check your email several times per week during the semester. Also, we send a weekly newsletter via email.

Hearing Loops
All of OLLI’s classrooms on the Fifth Floor are equipped with hearing loops. Hearing loops are a state-of-the-art assistive listening technology. A hearing loop is installed around the perimeter of the classroom, with a microphone installed in the center of the classroom’s ceiling. Most recent hearing aids are equipped with a t-coil. Your audiologist can tell you whether or not your hearing aid has a t-coil and, if it does, your audiologist can activate the t-coil.

With the t-coil turned on, a member can hear others in the room clearly. Members who do not have hearing aids or who have hearing aids without t-coils, can use a loop receiver with a headset to benefit from the loop.

Lecture Series
We offer four Lecture Series throughout the year. During each semester there is a lecture on Fridays from 1:30-2:30 PM. In January and May, there are lectures on various weekday mornings from 10:00-11:30 AM. Members are given an opportunity to register before non-members may register. Online registration is required.

Lost and Found
There is a lost and found box in the OLLI office. Please check there if you have misplaced something.

Lunchtime Options
Brown bag lunch with OLLI friends in one of the social spaces on the 5th floor. Buy lunch to carry out or eat in at DeCarlo’s Restaurant, Le Pain Quotidien, Millie’s, Starbucks, or Wagshal’s Market — all within one block of 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

View a map of OLLI's location.

Membership Fee
The fee paid each semester (or for the full academic year) is a membership fee. It allows members to take from one to three study groups for the semester. The fee is NOT a fee per study group. The membership fee entitles you to all of the benefits of membership at OLLI at AU.

Minis are study groups held once-a-week for four weeks during the month of June. Each day’s session in the four weeks is 1-1/2 hours long.

Please wear your OLLI nametag to all classes and events. Plastic nametag holders and lanyards are available in each classroom or in the hallway outside the office.

See parking page.

Privacy Policy
OLLI at American University is highly sensitive to the privacy interests of members and believes that the protection of those interests is one of its most significant responsibilities. We publish the member directory as a courtesy to members. We expect members to respect other members’ privacy. The directory is not to be shared with others outside of OLLI. If you have questions about this policy, please contact us by phone at 202-895-4860 or email at

The office must receive requests for refunds by the deadline specified in the catalog. A $10 processing fee will be assessed.

We offer February and July Shorts, three- to five-day immersion study groups. Each day’s session is 1-1/2 hours long.

If you need scholarship assistance, please refer to the Scholarships page, then download and complete the scholarship request form on that page. All requests are confidential.

OLLI at AU has two regular academic semesters: Spring, which begins in March, and Fall, which begins in September. Semester study groups run from 8 to 10 weeks long. Each of the day’s three sessions is 1-1/2 hours long.

There is an AU shuttle that travels from the Tenleytown metro stop to the Spring Valley Building. Anyone, including OLLI members, can ride the shuttle. View the shuttle route and schedule.

Spring Valley Building
American University and OLLI at AU refer to 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW as the Spring Valley Building.

Membership in OLLI is not transferable. Spouses or partners must have their own individual memberships.

Each academic year we try to offer several trips for members. Typically, buses are provided. Trips sometimes include boxed lunches or meals at a restaurant. Trip destinations have included:

  • The Anderson House
  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Civil War sites in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania
  •  Library of Congress
  •  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Vending Machines
There are vending machines with water, soda, and snacks on the 4th and 6th floors.

If a seat opens in a class which has a waitlist, members will be contacted by staff and offered a seat in the order in which they appear on the waitlist.

Weather Policy for Class Cancellation
OLLI follows American University’s weather policy. If AU has a delayed opening, OLLI’s 9:45 AM classes are cancelled and the 11:45 AM and 1:45 PM classes are held. If AU is closed, OLLI also is closed for the day and all classes are cancelled. OLLI posts a notification of any delay or closure on the website by 6:30 AM and sends an email to all registrants.

On the OLLI website, you can:

  • view our calendar, including lecture series and events,
  • register for classes and pay membership dues with a credit card in an encrypted, secure transaction,
  • add, drop, or change classes, or request a refund,
  • volunteer, and/or
  • make a donation.

Wi-Fi at OLLI is free. The Network Name is AUGuest-ByRCN. No password is required.