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Remote library services and resources and virtual tutoring services are available while library buildings are closed. Assistance with all services, including locating print materials or requesting materials be digitized, is available

Instructor support for Blackboard, academic technology tools and teaching questions is available on the teaching resources for the COVID-19 virtual learning period page.  

Borrowing and Renewing During the Virtual Learning Period

Contact Us About Borrowing and Renewing Materials

Returning Library Materials and Overdue Materials

Accessing Print Materials

Requesting GW Materials

Top Textbooks and Course Reserves

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 will be automatically extended until students return to campus. If you would like to return materials before that time or if you aren't returning to campus, please see below for additional information. 

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.

For any questions or concerns regarding material returns, e-mail GW Libraries' Access Services team.

I am local and can travel to Gelman Library. Can I return my checked-out items to the library?

Yes. The library book drop is open 24/7, and you may use it to return your library materials at any time. When facing the building, the book drop is located to the far right of the revolving doors. Please remember to wear the recommended face covering and practice safe physical distancing while on campus.

I would like to return my checked-out items, but I am unable to get to campus. How do I get them back to you?

You can mail them to:
The George Washington University Gelman Library
Attn: Access Services Department
2130 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

Please pack your books securely in a bubble mailer or sturdy box to avoid damage and shifting during transit. We strongly suggest that you use a trackable mailing method such as USPS, UPS or FedEx. If shipping via USPS. Please note that you are responsible for library materials until they are received by a staff member.

Can I return my interlibrary loan or WRLC materials to Gelman Library?

Yes. You may mail or directly return all items currently checked out to your library account to Gelman Library. We will remove the items from your account and send them back to the appropriate library.

I am returning to campus in the fall. Can I return my checked-out materials then?

Yes. If you will be returning to campus this fall, you may return the materials when you get back. Materials will continue to be automatically renewed through the summer and will not be declared lost or incur any fines.

My borrowed items were in my residence hall and are packed in storage. What should I do?

There is not any action currently needed if your library materials have been packed and sent to storage. Once you have access to your personal belongings, please return them in person or by mail (see mailing instructions above) to the Gelman Library.

I asked for my borrowed items to be returned to the library as part of the pack and store process. How will I know you've received them?

Over the next several weeks, the pack and store team will be returning books to the library. As books are received, they will be removed from your account. You can continue to check your library account online for the most up-to-date information. Please keep in mind that there are no late fines during this time.

I’m graduating or not returning to campus in the fall. If I return my items, how can I be sure they are no longer on my account?

We wish you all the best in the future! You will be able to continue to log in to your library account until May 31. After that date, you may reply to this message and we will verify for you if your items have been received and removed from your record.

Accessing Print Materials

Print materials held at Gelman Library are now available for circulation. See below for instructions on how to request GW materials.

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. Please leave your address in the "Comments" section in case the item can not be located online and needs to be shipped to you. 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 may be able to ship the needed item to GW affiliates. 

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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Top Textbooks and Course Reserves

Top Textbooks 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.

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