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Programs and policies for WRLC borrowers
Last Updated: Nov 5, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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What is WRLC?

 The member libraries of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) share their collections to increase student and faculty access to university libraries' research resources in the DC area.  Collectively, WRLC member libraries hold more than 5 million volumes as well as serials, e-journals, e-books, and microforms, plus special and digitized collections. Search the WRLC Catalog.

WRLC Member Libraries:

  • American University
  • Catholic University
  • Gallaudet University
  • Georgetown University
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • Howard University
  • Marymount University
  • University of the District of Columbia

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How can I borrow through WRLC?

Direct Borrowing

Current Mason faculty, staff and students are eligible to directly check out circulating materials from any WRLC Library, with some restrictions. Use the WRLC catalog to locate an item you need to borrow, go to that specific library with your valid Mason ID card, and borrow the item immediately. Borrowed items can be returned at any WRLC Library.

Book/Article Delivery: Consortium Loan Service (CLS)

Through the Consortium Loan Service (CLS), eligible borrowers may make an online request for books and copies of journal articles from WRLC libraries. CLS requests are made online through the WRLC catalog. Available requested items are generally delivered within 2-3 business days to the Mason Library of your choice.


What are the WRLC lending policies?

WRLC Loan Periods:

  • Undergraduates:  4 weeks
  • Graduate Students:  6 weeks
  • Faculty/Staff:  3 fixed due dates per year (January 31, May 31, September 30)

WRLC Fines: All borrowers, including faculty and staff, are financially responsible for WRLC materials checked out on their Mason ID.  Overdue fines and replacement charges for lost books apply to all WRLC borrowers, including faculty and staff.

Fines:  Academic records will be placed on hold for WRLC borrowers who have accrued fines of $25.00 OR who have more than 5 overdue books.

  • Daily fine:  $0.25 per day per book
  • Maximum fine:  $10.00 per book

Lost Books: Books that are 40 days overdue are automatically declared lost, and charges are automatically added to the patron's library account. If a book that was declared lost is later returned, the item replacement and  processing fees are removed from the account, but overdue fines will still be charged. Lost book fines and fees are:

  • Item replacement fee:  $57.00
  • Processing fee:  $30.00
  • Overdue fines:  $10.00

Recalled Books: WRLC libraries may recall any item that is checked out to a patron. Patrons must return the item to a WRLC library by the adjusted due date to avoid a fine. Recalled items are subject to individual library recall policies.

  • Recall fine:  $5.00 per day per book
  • Maximum fine:  $25.00 per book

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Access Services
Contact Info
Fenwick Library
Circulation Desk: 703/993-2240
Book Renewals (voicemail): 703/993-2243
Interlibrary Loan: 703/993-2228

What can I borrow?

You may borrow all "circulating" general collection materials, including circulating media items.

Bound journals, musical scores, government documents, maps, and other non-standard formats may be borrowed at the discretion of the lending library.

Due to licensing restrictions, ebooks and other online resources will not be available by loan. You may visit other WRLC member libraries to view these online resources on-site.


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