OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program for Non-WRLC Faculty
Requirement for Checking Out Books
You will need to obtain a valid OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program (RFBP) card from the library at your home institution. Present this card and your current, university photo ID at the Gelman Library Check Out Desk to obtain a Gelman ID card. This ID card must be validated at the Gelman Library Check Out Desk every semester.
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.
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.
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.
Other Library Privileges
- OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Members may use GW media resources (in-library only).
- OCLC Reciprocal Borrowing Program faculty are ineligible for borrowing privileges at WRLC libraries, including direct borrowing and Consortium Loan Service. They are also ineligible for remote access to databases and Interlibrary Loan through GWU. These services may be available through the library at your home institution.
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About the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program
Information Provided by OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
A program of the Research Libraries Advisory Committee to OCLC that allows faculty members of participating institutions borrowing privileges and on-site access to the collections of some of the most important research libraries in North America.
To promote and facilitate scholarly research and communication among members of their faculties, the university research libraries (members of the Association of Research Libraries) of OCLC have established a program to provide broader access to scholarly materials. Under the aegis of the Research Libraries Advisory Committee to OCLC (RLAC), the libraries have developed an agreement to extend library privileges to faculty members of other research universities that are ARL members.
The program generally applies to the faculty based on the main campus of the participating institution. The home institution determines who is eligible for a Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card. The lending library determines whether the card will be accepted for on-site use and/or borrowing.
How Faculty Participate
Materials may be used on the premises of the owning library or may be borrowed, depending on the policies of the lending library. Privileges vary from institution to institution.
A faculty member from an institution participating in the Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program may request a Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card from the home library. To borrow materials, the visiting faculty member must present the Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card and any other identification the lending library requires at the main campus library of any participating institution.
It is the responsibility of Faculty members to
- Present identification when requesting a Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card from the home library and show that card, along with other required identification, when borrowing materials from another library.
- Observe the regulations of the lending library.
- Return materials in person or by mail, within the loan period prescribed by the lending library.
- Return materials immediately, in person or by express mail, if recalled by the lending library.
- Pay any and all fines or other charges incurred due to late return of materials or damage to materials.
Please note that this is a program of privileges. At its discretion, a participating institution may suspend the privileges of its own faculty members or of the faculty members of another participating institution.