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NOTICE:

The Gelman, Eckles, and VSTC Library buildings are closed, but remote library services and resources and virtual tutoring services remain available. Assistance is available via the virtual Ask Us desk during scheduled Ask Us Desk hours or by email at AskUs@gwu.edu

Please visit GW’s COVID-19 Resource Page for information about changes to university services.

Borrowing and Renewing During the Virtual Learning Period

Contact Us About Borrowing and Renewing Materials

phone:  202-994-6840
emaillibrcir@gwu.edu

Returning Library Materials and Overdue Materials

The due date on all borrowed materials has been extended until May 15, 2020, and will be automatically renewed until students return to campus. 

We will communicate directly to work with students who are not returning to campus after the spring semester because of graduation or other circumstances. While it is important that materials be returned to the libraries, we understand these are unprecedented circumstances and will work with the GW community with respect to individual situations.

Top Textbooks and Course Reserves

Many digital versions of Top Textbooks are available for free through a partnership between the GW Campus Store and the publishing community. RedShelf can provide you with up to 7 free eBooks from participating publishers through May 25th. Links to the digital version of individual Top Textbooks are available on the Top Textbooks page. You will be required to create a free RedShelf account with your GW email address to borrow books. Visit RedShelf to see if your other assigned textbooks are available. 

Top Textbooks not available on RedShelf and hard copy reserve readings assigned during the virtual instruction period are available via Blackboard. If you are a faculty member and need to request assigned readings be added to Blackboard, please contact libresrv@gwu.edu for assistance. Students, if you have required reading assignments for the spring semester that are not on Blackboard, please contact your instructor.

Access to Print Materials

The sharing of print materials is suspended. Digitization of print materials may be available with longer turn-around times. This is dependent on the safety for staff to work in the building. Every effort will be made to obtain resources requested through the library catalog.  

Sharing of print materials through consortium loan request has been suspended until further notice. 

Freely-Available Digitized Print Materials

The National Emergency Library is a lending library of 1.4 million books created by the Internet Archive to serve the nation’s displaced learners until June 30 or whenever the national emergency ends.

Materials Held at GW

Print items held at GW may be requested by GW affiliates through the catalog. Library staff will first attempt to locate a digital copy of the item. If that is unavailable and request is for a few pages or a chapter, library staff may be able to digitize the materials. If those options aren't available, library staff will work with you to try to find an alternate resource. 

Requesting GW Materials

1) Search for the item from the search box on library webpage or at go.gwu.edu/Primo

Screenshot of library catalog search for "Wotan" with 3 sets of results shown.

2) Select the item you'd like to request. Decide if you you would like to request the entire item or just pages/a chapter of that item. If you need the entire item, click the "GW Request" link.

**If you only need pages/a chapter, click the "Chapter/Article Request" link. If you are unsure whether you need the entire item or what parts you require, see below for instructions on using Google Books. 

Screenshot of single item page in the library catalog in the catalog with arrows pointing out that the GW Request link is for full books and the Chapter/Article Request link is for part of a book.

3a) If you need the entire item, click the "GW Request" link and complete the form. Click "Send Request."

Screenshot of library catalog with GW Request form open

3b) If you only need pages/a chapter, click the "Chapter/Article Request" link and complete the form. Click "Send Request." 

If you are unsure whether you need the entire item or what parts you require, see below for instructions on using Google Books. 

Screenshot of library catalog with chapter/Article Request form open for a single item

4) A successful request shows the green field below. Library staff will first attempt to locate a digital copy of the item. If that is unavailable and request is for a few pages or a chapter, library staff will digitize the materials. If those options aren't available, library staff will work with you to locate an alternative. 

A successful request for a chapter or article shows a green field with the words, "Request placed."

Materials Held at Outside GW (includes WRLC)

Print items held at Washington Research Library Consortium libraries may be requested by GW affiliates through the catalog. Library staff will first attempt to locate a digital copy of the item. If that is unavailable and request is for a few pages or a chapter, library staff may be able to digitize the materials. If those options aren't available, library staff will work with you to try to find an alternate resource. Please note that not all libraries have on-site staff to fulfill digitization requests and staffing may change without warning.

Materials from Outside GW

1) Search for the item from the search box on library webpage or at go.gwu.edu/Primo

Screenshot of library catalog search for "Wotan" with 3 sets of results shown.

2) Select the item you'd like to request. Click on the "Interlibrary Loan Request" link. 

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3) Complete the Interlibrary Loan Request form and press submit. Learn more about the interlibrary loan request process.

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Using Google Books to Determine What to Request

1) Search for the title of the item in Google Books and select the correct item. 

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2) Use the navigation tool or scroll through the available pages to find the table of contents to explore which chapters or pages are needed. 

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