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If you use Himmelfarb Library’s search tool, you will retrieve only items that are accessible via online access. This is by design as a relatively small number of Himmelfarb affiliates currently have onsite access to the library.  To support all of our users in finding materials quickly, we changed the default search to Online Access which connects to articles, books, and databases that can be accessed online from on- and off-campus locations.

If you would like to change your search, simply click on the down arrow on the right side of the search field and select from among the choices listed. To include both print and online holdings,  select the facet: Articles + Himmelfarb Catalog.  For those who prefer a more focused search, search either of the facets Articles or Himmelfarb Catalog to retrieve both print and online holdings.

If you are looking for materials from Gelman or the consortium libraries, choose the facet: Articles + GW & Consortium Catalog.  While Himmelfarb users can check materials out of Gelman Library, the WRLC Library Service which provides a borrowing and delivery service from other DC area academic libraries is currently unavailable.

If you are accessing us remotely, you may be able to request an article to be scanned and sent as a PDF, using our Documents2Go service. If you have any questions in regards to this service, please email

For further assistance with catalog searches, please contact Reference Services by text, IM, phone, or email:

Reference service hours are:

  • Mon-Thurs 8:30am-8:00pm
  • Fri 8:30am-5pm

If you have any questions in regards to ILL, please email


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