NOTICE: The Library is planning to implement a new library management system on July 18. In preparation for this transition some functions and services will operate at a limited capacity starting July 12 at 12:00 pm. Users can still check out and return items and search the catalog. Users will not be able to log in to their library accounts, request items online, or use self check-out machines. If you have questions please email or call (202) 687-7607.

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CIRLA Patron Borrowing Policies


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  Limitations Loan Period
Items from Lauinger, Blommer, and Woodstock Libraries Max 6 books on account at one time * 4 weeks **

* Library patrons in the Chesapeake Information and Research Library Alliance (CIRLA) must bring a photo ID and a signed direct borrower form from their home institution to the Circulation Desk when registering or renewing privileges. Only CIRLA faculty and graduate students are eligible. Your Special Borrower library card and photo ID are required to circulate items.

** Items subject to recall 4 weeks after loan period begins, or 1 week if needed for course reserves.

Other Materials

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  Limitations Loan Period
Bound Journals Not Allowed N/A
Media (DVDs on 2nd Floor, CDs at Circulation Desk) Media In Library Only  
Equipment (from Gelardin New Media Center) Not Allowed N/A
Reserves Not Allowed N/A
Government Documents See Book Borrowing Privileges 4 weeks *

* Items subject to recall 4 weeks after loan period begins, or 1 week if needed for course reserves.

Renew Your Items

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You may renew your books up to three times if they have not been requested by another borrower.

Books can be renewed online through GEORGE at the My Account option, by phone at (202) 687-7607, in person at the Circulation Desk, or by responding to the electronic overdue notice.

Fines will accrue on all materials renewed three days or more beyond the listed due date.