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.

Interlibrary Loan


Not all libraries have restarted lending their items through Interlibrary Loan. We are accepting requests to borrow items, which can be picked up at Gelman, Eckles, or VSTC libraries during scheduled hours or by appointment, or for those users not able to come to campus, shipped via FedEx Ground. In some cases, it may take 2-3 weeks to receive ILL books.


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service available to current GW students registered for credit, and current faculty members and staff.

You can request to borrow hard copy books not available at any of the GW Libraries or Washington Research Libraries Consortium (WRLC) libraries. We also supply scanned book chapters and articles from GW Libraries, WRLC libraries, and libraries around the world.

Looking for a textbook?  Please visit GW Campus Stores for rental and purchase options. Interlibrary Loan is not a source for current textbooks. However, if you are looking for earlier editions of textbooks, we may be able to borrow those from other libraries.

If you are affiliated with the GW Schools of Public Health, Nursing or Medicine, please request via Himmelfarb Library. If you are affiliated with the GW Law School, please request via Jacob Burns Law Library. All other current GW faculty, students, and staff should log in here:

Place or Check Requests


Step-by-Step Directions for Placing a Request

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers frequently asked questions about the services provided by Interlibrary Loan.

Contact info

For additional information, contact one of the following:

Gelman Library: (202) 994-7128 ILL@gwu.edu

Virginia Science & Technology Campus Library: (571) 553-8230 virginia@gwu.edu