Requirement for Checking Out Books
Fill out an application and bring it to the Gelman Library Check Out Desk. Complete the application, and bring your application and GWorld card (if you have one), to the check out desk.
Visiting scholars must be sponsored by an academic or administrative department within George Washington University, and a representative must sign off on the application. Your GWorld card is your library card and is required to check out books.
Types of Material That Can be Borrowed
- General GW Circulating Collection and Reserves
- Media Resources Materials
- Materials at WRLC Off-Site Storage Facility
Periodicals may be used in the library only.
No Limit (except 25 book limit from George Mason).
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 and request form.
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
Visiting Scholars are eligible for the following library services:
- Consortium Loan Service borrowing
- Direct borrowing at WRLC libraries
- Remote access to databases (now REQUIRES GWid number and NetID)
- Interlibrary Loan
- GW Libraries Computers: Now Require a Login