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.

Reserves Policies

E-Reserves Policies for Requesting Faculty

  • First, please search GW's electronic journals for permalinks to articles which can be posted to Blackboard.
  • For other items not available through electronic databases, please fill out the request form.
  • If you request library staff to make scans, please allow 5-7 business days.
  • GW guidelines for scanning are limited to one chapter from a book, or up to 10% of a book's total page count.
  • Please ensure that the library has been granted access to your courses on Blackboard so that staff can add e-reserves. Click here for instructions on how to grant access.

Accessing electronic reserves and finding course materials on Blackboard

You can access Electronic Reserves (e-reserves) through Blackboard 24 hours a day.  Access to these materials is limited to students in the class.

Visit the Blackboard site and log in. Open your course's page and look for Electronic Reserves on the left side menu. Items are linked to Electronic Reserves upon request of the faculty.

Physical Books on Course Reserve at Gelman Library

Books on course reserve are kept at the Check Out Desk and may be borrowed for one of several short loan periods, which will be indicated on a label on the book's cover:

  • 2 hours use within the library building only
  • 2 hours + overnight use outside the library, to be returned before the Check Out Desk opens the following morning
  • 3 hours use outside the library (Top Textbooks)
  • 3 days use outside the library

Please return all physical course reserve books in the Reserves Return slot located within the front panel of the Check Out Desk.

Reserve materials may not be renewed. Once items have been returned, they can be checked out again after a 15-minute waiting period.

Overdue Fines for Physical Course Reserve Books

  • 2 hour, 2 hour overnight, or 3 hour: $1.20 per hour, maximum fine $30.00
  • 3 day: $2.00 per day, maximum fine $30.00
  • Books not returned will be declared Lost and will incur an additional $110.00 in replacement and processing fees.

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding the Reserves Service, please contact staff at one of our libraries:

Gelman Library: 202-994-2591

Eckles Library: 202-242-6621

Virginia Sci. & Tech. Campus Library: 571-553-8230