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Now that Summer is over, there is no better time to prepare for colder temperatures on the way! That’s right, it’s time to break out those sweatshirts and scarves, to go on long walks to see the changing colors of the foliage. Let’s not forget that it is also a prime time to look forward to the bountiful opportunities that the end of Summer’s harvest has to offer us. 

With colder temps in the forecast it can be too difficult to resist comfort foods. What better time to challenge yourself to indulge those guilty pleasures while eating healthy? 

Cooking Light has a slideshow of forty recipes that are filled with vitamins and autumnal vibes! I don’t know about you, but their Chicken and Gnocchi soup certainly has my attention. 

Want to try something new? The American Heart Association has a Sweet Potato Nacho recipe that is not only low in salt and calories, but has an excellent source of protein and fiber! Not only that, but the cost per serving is under $2.00 as well. Talk about a way to eat healthy, while not breaking the bank. 

If you are abiding by a vegan diet, there are plenty of recipes for you also. What could be more autumnal than a set of Roasted Pumpkin Lasagna Boats? Or even a Butternut Squash Risotto? Both offer not only a promise in flavor but in presentation as well! Me? I can’t wait to try this Vegetarian Chili recipe. 

Lastly, a meal is not complete without a dessert! These Hasselback Apples give a new definition to apple pie. Don’t even get me started these Warm Spiced Cran-Pom Toddies that would be perfect on the coldest of days. For the non alcoholic version, simply substitute the rum with some hot apple cider. Want to impress your roommates or family? You can also try these Poached Pears that would compliment any autumnal dish. 

Whether you are local, or far away, attending campus from home, we wish you a safe and happy Autumn season and can’t wait to see you back on campus. 

Effective immediately, the Himmelfarb Library Documents2Go Interlibrary Loan service will ship books directly to your home!  What this means is that if we do not have the book that you need, we will borrow it  from another university library; once we receive the book, we will ship it to you at any location within the United States. 

How to request a book through Documents2Go:

  • Visit Documents2Go then login to our Documents2Go service with your NetID and password.
    • Example: If your email is, your username would be: jdoe, and your password would be the same as your GW email password. Do NOT include ‘’ in your username. 
  • Designate if you are looking for an article or a book, and then provide as much information as you are able to better assist us in finding exactly what you are looking for.

What to expect, how long will it take?:

These types of requests can take some time as we need to first find a library that is willing to send their copy of the book to us and then wait to receive it.  The timing is also dependent on the shipping service the lending library uses, such as USPS, FedEx, or UPS. Shipping from the lending library to Himmelfarb can take 1-2 weeks, and then an additional week or so for us to send it to your location. Please allow roughly 3 weeks for us to get the book to you from the time you create your request. We highly recommend requesting materials well before you need them. 

What will it cost me?

We will send these books to you free of charge, however if you want us to send an ILL book to your location, we ask that you pay return costs associated with shipping the book back to the Himmelfarb Library, and that you accept financial responsibility for any lost or damaged books. Once your request arrives to us, you will receive an email asking you to accept these responsibilities, along with a link to provide your shipping information so that we can send the book promptly to you. 

Can I request Himmelfarb to mail me a book the library already owns?

Absolutely. If you would like us to check out and send one of our books to you, please fill out the shipping form here:

If you have any additional questions do not hesitate to contact our Interlibrary Loan department at

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Fall starts next week and the Metropolitan DC area contains many parks, hiking trails and outdoor activities to help you enjoy the cooler weather and fall foliage. Here is a quick list of local parks, orchards and trails that are the perfect places to explore, while we continue to practice social distancing guidelines. 

Green Springs Gardens: Located in Alexandria, Virginia just off of Little River Turnpike, Green Springs Gardens is a great place to visit on a sunny day. Walk along the paved pathways that lead to several different ponds, enjoy the blooming flowers or pop into the gift shop. There’s plenty of open space, so you can keep your distance from others, while enjoying some fresh air. (Bonus: if you’re an artist, Green Spring Gardens is an excellent place to draw or paint!)

Roosevelt Island: Nestled between Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, Roosevelt Island sits on the Potomac River and offers excellent views of Rosslyn and Georgetown. There are three hiking trails that run around or through the island. Placards contain information on the history of the island, the wildlife in the area and President Theodore Roosevelt’s connection to the park. If you’re lucky, you may even cross paths with a deer, rabbit or other local critter. Roosevelt Island is a great way to spend a cool fall morning or afternoon!

Scotts Run Nature Preserve: Interested in a more rigorous hike? Drive down Georgetown Pike to Scotts Run Nature Preserve. Boasting seven marked trails with various degrees of difficulty, the preserve brings you closer to nature. You can choose a trail that leads to the bluffs overlooking the Potomac River, walk and observe the wildflowers that grow in the area or sit on the craggy rocks and dip your feet in the flowing streams. One day is not enough to fully explore Scotts Run, so be sure to make multiple trips while you can. 

Apple/Pumpkin Picking: No fall is complete without a visit to a local apple orchard or pumpkin patch and luckily there are plenty of farms in the surrounding area.  Cox Farms will open up their Drive-Through Market next week and will offer goods such as apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, fresh produce and other treats available for pick up. The market will run through November 2nd, so there’s plenty of time to place an order. Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Virginia is now open for apple picking and their pumpkin patch will open later this month. Though the farm is open every day for apple picking, you must purchase tickets to visit during the weekend. This year’s apple picking season will feel different with farms and orchards implementing social distancing and mask guidelines. Be sure you read and understand the rules before making a trip for some freshly picked apples!

Whether you're a hiker on the hunt for the next challenging trail, a baker in need of some fresh fruit for your favorite holiday treats or just a student in need of a quick respite, there are countless ways to socially distance and enjoy this fall!

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As September 2020 winds down, get an early start to fall with fun and healthy activities.

Find information on all of these activities on Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb’s September calendar!

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Find the App Shelf on our home page under Contact Us!

Ever wondered what mobile apps Himmelfarb Library provides access to? Find them in our App Shelf!

The Himmelfarb App Shelf provides a handy entry point to all the mobile apps Himmelfarb provides access to. Some require a bit of set up, while others you can just download and go. You can find detailed instructions and a download link to the App Store by clicking on the individual app.

We have a selection of clinical and point of care apps available, with our top recommendations being DynaMed, LexiComp, and Epocrates Plus. While these apps would normally require a subscription purchase, Himmelfarb offers them to students, faculty, and staff at no charge. Simply follow the instructions on the associated app page to download and install. A little tip from personal experience: use a laptop or desktop for the initial set up, and be sure to log in to the library’s website or the VPN first.

We also have some great quality-of-life apps, like Browzine. Browzine lets you save your favorite e-journals to a personalized bookshelf where you can browse new issues and articles, as well as save them for off-line reading.

Need a productivity boost? Our Productivity App Shelf can help! Find a variety of note-taking apps, PDF readers, and even our wēpa Print app so you can print to our kiosks right from your phone or iPad.

If you have any questions or run into installation issues, please email us at We’re here to help!

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As we've moved into the 2nd half of 2020, we have seen many changes - to our routines, our lifestyles, and our habits. Instead of attending classes in person, we reach out to each other online. While we may be more accustomed to this stay-at-home lifestyle, it is important that we don’t neglect our physical health and our dietary needs.

Did you know that the American Heart Association has a collection of recipes that are both good for your body and for your wallet?

Why not try their take on one of my personal favorites, Huevos Rancheros! Their recipe is not only loaded with key nutrients and vegetables,  but it’s also low in salt, and packed with protein and fiber. Or if you are one of the many of us with a sweet tooth, try their Grilled Fruit Kebab recipe. Kiss those cravings for chocolate goodbye with a bit of honey, and some natural fructose to replace the processed stuff.

The American Heart Association recipes contains a special section that is specific for those who are on a tight budget. Sign me up for their Tuscan Bean soup, or their Tandoori Chicken with Brown Rice! 

If you are really trying to get the most out of your dollar, EatingWell has several recipes that serve up to 4 people for $5.00 or less!

Busy at home? You are not alone. As most schools are currently functioning with limited access, it can be very difficult to find the time to cook while there are other responsibilities that require your attention. If you have a slow cooker, EatingWell also has some great suggestions for some coffee-braised brisket and a savory barbecue snack mix.

Times may have changed, but that does not mean that your diet has to suffer. Don’t forget to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Stay healthy, and don’t forget: We are here for you.


Further reading can be found at:

American Heart Association Recipes

EatingWell Healthy Dinner Recipes

EatingWell Dinners That Serve 4 for $5 or Less

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Are you looking for a quiet study room at Himmelfarb Library?  Before you pull out your books and laptop, please make sure you reserve the room. In order to comply with the GW’s COVID-19 regulations, we now require that any study room you occupy must be reserved online. This helps the library to gauge when we are nearing seating capacity (which is currently less than half of our normal capacity), and it assists GW with contact tracing.

Look around the library for signs with a QR code that will take you directly to our Study Rooms Reservation page.  Or scan the QR code below to reserve a room now!

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Scan this code to reserve a study room.

For information on study room reservations, visit our Study Rooms Reservation page.


Himmelfarb Library: We're Here For You!

As we begin the Fall 2020 semester, we know that this semester is going to be different than other semesters. With most classes moving online, and a very few operating via a hybrid model, we all have to adapt to a new way of learning, teaching, studying, and conducting research. While we’re all doing things a little bit differently these days, Himmelfarb Library wants you to know that we are still here for you

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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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