During operating hours, building access is available to GW students, faculty, and staff who have completed all of the steps outlined on GW's Onward website. No one will be allowed to sign in without a physical GWorld card or enter the library if their GWorld card tap is denied. Library access is not available for alumni or visitors. Masks are required inside all library buildings.
Information for Undergraduate Students
If you have questions or need help, there are many ways to contact us. Librarians and library staff are always here to help you:
- In person: Ask Us Desk at the entrance to Gelman Library or the front desk of Eckles Library or the Virginia Science & Technology Campus (VSTC) Library.
- Email: AskUs@gwu.edu
- Phone: (202) 994-6048
- Chat with a librarian
Make an appointment for a remote research consultation with a librarian or instructional technologist for more in-depth research assistance.
For more information see the Ask Us page. You can also use the "Ask Us" icon at the top of each webpage.
As a GW student you have access to millions of books and thousands of journals, databases and other materials; most completely available online. To get started, use the search bar on the library home page or the magnifying glass icon at the top of any webpage to search the catalog. You can also use our database guides to find research databases by subject. Learn more, including how to find a wide range of materials, on the Find Materials page.
Most library materials that aren't available online can be borrowed. Your GWorld card is required to borrow materials. Bring your card and the books you want to borrow to the checkout desk in Gelman, Eckles, or VSTC Libraries. Undergraduate students can borrow books or 42 days and renew them up to three times online. There are no fines for late books, but you may be charged if a book is overdue more than 40 days.
Academic Commons is a one-stop shop connecting you to academic services and support across GW. Academic Commons offers free course-specific tutoring or course review sessions for most introductory courses. You can also attend workshops to learn new skills or to improve your study skills. The Academic Commons website or a visit to the student-staffed Ask Us Desk at Gelman Library can help you find many other types of academic support.
Your professors may put readings “on reserve” for your classes. These are books or materials an instructor asks the library to set aside for a specific academic course. The loan period is shorter than other materials to allow the entire class access to them. Print reserves are available at the Check Out Desk at Gelman or Eckles. You may also have course reserves available to you electronically through Blackboard.
The Top Textbooks program acquires up to five copies of required textbooks for a select group of undergraduate, high enrollment courses with traditionally expensive textbooks and places them on course reserve for use by all students. Textbooks are available for students to check out for up to three hours. Top Textbooks are available at the Gelman Library Check Out Desk.
Colonial Printing is a cloud-based, wireless printing service enabling you to print from anywhere on or off campus, and even from your smartphone or tablet. Printing kiosks are available throughout the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses, including several available at Gelman on the 1st, 2nd (entrance level), 3rd, 4th, and 7th floors. Eckles Library has two print kiosks, including one available in a 24-hour area of the building.
Gelman and Eckles have a variety of individual and group study spaces through the buildings. Gelman Library also has reservable study rooms for small groups. You can find out more about noise level expectations, available technology, and notable areas on each floor on the Gelman Learning Spaces page.
Get Help from Anywhere
Email: Questions will generally be answered in one business day.
Schedule a Consultation: Get help with a one-on-one meeting, either in person or virtually. You can book a consultation with the next available librarian, by academic subject area, by research tool, or with a specific librarian.
Call: (202) 994-6048