The Washington Research Libraries Consortium Loan Service (CLS) is back in service. CLS allows Himmelfarb users to borrow items at no cost from other DC area academic libraries. Loans are typically 5 weeks in length and can often be renewed if needed.
To request a book or other physical item from another library, use Health Information @ Himmelfarb and select the option to search Articles + GW Consortium Catalog as shown below:
Once you’ve found an item you’d like to borrow, click the title in the search results to open and check How to Get It (as shown below) to see if another library in the consortium has a copy available. Then sign in to see the option for the Consortium Loan Request form.
Use your NetID to sign in and then select Consortium Loan Service Request.
Fill out the form designating a date when you will no longer need the item if it is required within a certain amount of time. Please note that while service has been restored, WRLC’s courier service is currently only running twice a week. This means items may take about a week for delivery. We anticipate that delivery times will improve as more libraries open and restore services.
You will receive a notification via email when your item arrives at Himmelfarb. If you currently do not have physical access to Himmelfarb Library, you may pick-up your items in the Ross Hall courtyard (9am - 7pm, Monday - Thursday, 9am - 5pm, Friday, and 1pm - 6pm, Saturday - Sunday). Please contact the Circulation Desk at 202-994-2962 just before you arrive in the Ross Hall courtyard.
Nursing students at VSTC can request to have their items shipped to the VSTC Library for pickup. Either contact Circulation staff or request VSTC delivery in the Comments section of the request form.
After Himmelfarb Library closed its physical space, we made changes to Health Information @ Himmelfarb to make searching for electronic content easier. The default search mode was switched from Articles + Himmelfarb Catalog to Online Access. The online access search limits items retrieved to those available full-text online. This includes article, book chapter, and e-book content, as well as some streaming media.
Searchers can still search physical content by switching the search mode to any of the “catalog” options:
Requesting holds on books and Consortium Loan request options are turned off until Himmelfarb and other Washington Research Library Consortium libraries reopen. Library users can continue to request items that can be sent digitally through our Documents2Go service.
Have you ever wanted to keep filters you applied in a search active throughout a search session, or easily remove all of them? Now you can! A new enhancement allows setting and keeping multiple filters active with “Remember all filters” or removing all with “Reset filters”. These options become available at the top of the left column menu whenever filters are applied.
If you have questions about Health Information @ Himmelfarb or need assistance with searching, contact Himmelfarb’s Information Desk staff!
In response to the University’s move to online classes and some student populations being off-campus during that time, Himmelfarb Library has extended due dates for print materials coming due March 14 through April 5th. Those materials are now due by end of day Monday, April 6th, 2020. Please contact the library’s circulation managers at 202-994-2962 or email@example.com if you need to extend due dates beyond then or have other questions about borrowing physical materials.
We expect that Documents2Go interlibrary loan services for digital book chapters and articles will continue as normal. Delivery of some physical materials from other libraries may be delayed as they have closures or reductions in service. Contact document delivery staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-994-2860 with any questions about borrowing materials from other libraries.
Himmelfarb Library will remain open 24/7 with service desks open regular hours until further notice.
Did you know that you can borrow books from Georgetown, Howard, and other DC university libraries and have them delivered to you at Himmelfarb?
What is it? To put it simply, the WRLC is an agreement between libraries in the Washington D.C area that allows us to share materials between other libraries within the vicinity. Thanks to the WRLC courier system, we generally receive books within 2-4 business days from the time that the request was made, (if materials are available at the requested library) and more often than not, Consortium Loan Service (CLS) books come with a generous check out period. This option is a great way to save some money and time compared to common hassles of standard shipping.
If you would like to place a Consortium Loan Service (CLS) request, make sure to follow these steps:
- Use the Health Information @ Himmelfarb search box on Himmelfarb's homepage to locate a book. Remember to switch the search to Articles + GW and Consortium Libraries.
- Sign in using your GW NetID and password, then click on Consortium Loan Service Request (2-3 Day Delivery) under "How to get it".
- Select George Washington University Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, or select a different location, if preferred. When your book arrives, you will be notified via email to come and pick up your request.
As always, if you are looking for a medical article, monograph, or if the book you are looking for isn't available via the Consortium, feel free to check out our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Document Delivery Services. Himmelfarb users can also make requests through Documents2Go by using their GW NetID and password to log in.
If you have any questions about Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Document Delivery Services or Documents2Go, please contact email@example.com. If you have any questions about Consortium Loan Service requests, please contact our Acquisitions and Resource Sharing Librarian, Ian Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.