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Gelman Hours for GWorld Holders Complete Hours Info
12pm – 6pm
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Gelman 12pm – 6pm

Building access is available to GW students, faculty, and staff who have submitted proof of vaccination and had that documentation accepted or were approved for a vaccine exception. They must also have taken their required COVID test and have a GWorld card that is enabled for campus access. GWorld access is typically enabled within about two hours of the COVID test. No one will be allowed to sign in without a physical GWorld card or enter the library if their GWorld card tap is denied. Library access is not available for alumni or visitors.  

Borrowing and Renewing During the Virtual Learning Period

Contact Us About Borrowing and Renewing Materials
Returning Library Materials and Overdue Materials
Overview of the book retrieval and pick up process
Requesting a book for delivery (instructions)
Requesting a book for pick up (instructions)
Requesting an appointment for pick up (instructions)

Contact Us About Borrowing and Renewing Materials

phone: 202-994-6840

Returning Library Materials and Overdue Materials

NEW: During Washington D.C.s declared public emergency, the GW Libraries are extending due dates to help our patrons to avoid the Foggy Bottom area. Materials originally due January 5-23, 2021, have been automatically extended to be due February 1.

Borrowed materials should be returned or renewed by their stated due date. To avoid items becoming overdue, borrowers must renew outstanding items online through their library accounts. Borrowers may renew items up to three times, but this is not done automatically. Once an item has met its renewal limit it must be returned to the library. The libraries do not assess fees unless materials are overdue more than 40 days and considered lost. 

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. 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.

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

Please e-mail the GW Libraries' Access Services team to make arrangements for your special circumstances. 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?

Please check your library account to see if the items are still active in your account. If so, please e-mail the GW Libraries' Access Services team to make arrangements for your special circumstances.

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 no longer have access to your library account, so please e-mail the GW Libraries' Access Services team so we can verify for you if your items have been received and removed from your record.




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