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CIRLA Graduate Students

Requirement for Checking Out Books

You will need to obtain a CIRLA Direct Borrowers' Form from the library circulation desk at your home institution. Present this form at the Gelman Check Out Desk to receive a Gelman Library Card, which you can then use to charge out books from Gelman.   

Types of Material That Can be Borrowed

  • General GW Circulating Collection and Reserves
  • GW materials at WRLC off-site Storage Facility. Click here for request form.

Book Limit


Loan Period

28 days from day of check-out/renewal.   


If a book you have checked out is needed by another person, it may be recalled. All books are subject to recall after they have been charged out for at least 14 days. You will be notified by e-mail or phone and will have 14 days from the date of recall to return the book before recall fines are assessed. See details

Renewing Books

GW and WRLC books may be renewed at any time, and they will be assigned a new due date 28 days from the day you renew. Each book is limited to 3 renewals. All books may be renewed a variety of ways, including online, email, and phone. Click here for details. 

If you reach the renewal limit of 3, you must bring the books in person to the Check Out Desk to return or renew; if you still need the books, we will start over the process for you, allowing up to 3 more automatic renewals.

Overdue Fines and Other Fees

$.25 per day per book up to $10 maximum. After 40 days, overdue items are considered lost and you will be charged $120 for each book. See details.

NOTE: Use My Library Account to maintain your preferred email address to ensure that you receive notifications of due dates, overdue notices, available requests, and other library emails. Failure to receive notices does not excuse you from paying fines.   

Other Library Privileges

  • CIRLA Students may use GW media resources (in-library only).
  • GW Libraries Computers: Now Require a Login

CIRLA graduate students are ineligible for borrowing privileges at WRLC libraries, including direct borrowing and Consortium Loan Service. CIRLA graduate students are also ineligible for remote access to databases and Interlibrary loan. These services may be available through your home institution library.

Which Libraries Participate in CIRLA?

The CIRLA website will give you more information. Please note that the National Library of Medicine does not participate in the direct borrowing program.

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