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WRLC Students, Faculty, and Staff

Requirement for Checking Out Books

You will need an ID card from your home university, validated for the current semester.  

Types of Material That Can be Borrowed

  • General GW Circulating Collection
  • Materials at WRLC Storage facility

Book Limit

Determined by your home university library   

Loan Period

  • Undergraduate/Nondegree Students: 28 days
  • Graduate Students: 42 days
  • Faculty: Up to 4 months, utilizing 3 fixed due dates per year (January 31, May 31, and September 30).
  • Staff: 28 days


If a book you have checked out is needed by another person, it may be recalled. All books are subject to recall after they have been charged out for at least 14 days. You will be notified by e-mail or phone and will have 14 days from the date of recall to return the book before recall fines are assessed. See details.   

Renewing Books

GW and WRLC books may be renewed at any time, and they will be assigned a new due date 28 days from the day you renew. Each book is limited to 3 renewals. All books may be renewed a variety of ways, including online, email, and phone. Click here for details. 

If you reach the renewal limit of 3, you must bring the books in person to the Check Out Desk to return or renew; if you still need the books, we will start over the process for you, allowing up to 3 more automatic renewals.   

Overdue Fines and Other Fees

$.25 per day per book up to $10 maximum. After 40 days, overdue items are considered lost and you will be charged $107 for each book. See details.

NOTE: Use My Library Account to maintain your preferred email address to ensure that you receive notifications of due dates, overdue notices, available requests, and other library emails. Failure to receive notices does not excuse you from paying fines.   

Other Library Privileges

WRLC students, faculty, and staff are eligible for the following library services:

WRLC students, faculty, and staff may use GW media resources (in-library only).

WRLC students, faculty, and staff are not eligible for remote access to databases or Interlibrary Loan through Gelman Library. These services may be provided through your home university library.   

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