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.

Renew Books

All users have several options when it comes to renewing library materials that you have checked out:

Renew Online

Go to My Library Account to renew books online. For instructions using Online Renewal, please see this tutorial.

Renew by Email

Send an email to librcir@gwu.edu. Include your library barcode or university ID number and the barcodes of the books you wish to renew. Note: Only GW materials can be renewed by email. To renew books from other consortium libraries, please contact the supplying library

Renew by Telephone

Call (202) 994-6840. When prompted, please be prepared to give your library barcode or university ID number and the barcodes of the books you wish to renew. Note: Only GW materials can be renewed by phone. To renew books from other consortium libraries, please contact the supplying library

Renewal Policies

All borrowers are eligible to renew items provided:

  • Their library accounts are clear of fines and fees in excess of $25.
  • Their books do not have outstanding holds or recall requests from other patrons.

Renewal Limits

For all GW and WRLC (Consortium) Books, Renewal Maximum: 168 days

Any circulating book from the libraries in the GW Libraries (or any other library in the WRLC) may be renewed a maximum of 168 days (112 days if your original loan length is 28 days). Once you reach the maximum allotted time, you must bring the books in person to the check out desk. If you still need the books, we will start the check-out process over for you.

For Interlibrary Loan Materials, Renewal Limit = 0 or 1 

Some items obtained through Interlibrary Loan (from libraries outside of the WRLC consortium) may be renewed one time. Others are not renewable. Eligibility for renewal will be shown on the blue sleeve attached to your interlibrary loan.

If your ILL item is eligible for renewal, please email ILL@gwu.edu to make a renewal request. For additional information, please see the Interlibrary Loan page.

Contact the Check Out Desk

in-person: Entrance floor of Gelman Library

email: librcir@gwu.edu

phone: 202-994-6840

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