Request Books Directly from Other WRLC Libraries

Posted: November 22, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason students, faculty, and staff who wish to borrow books from libraries in the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) now can request books directly from the online catalog ALADIN, and forget the paperwork previously required.

With the new direct borrowing procedure, patrons can initiate requests themselves and receive books from WRLC libraries more quickly than before. “Books requested using the online catalog will arrive generally within 48 hours–much faster than the usual 4- to 7-day wait using the standard procedures,” says Craig Gibson, associate university librarian for public services.

Currently, this process is available only for borrowing books, but it will be expanded to other types of research materials soon. In the meantime, requests for journal articles and other items should continue to be made through the standard interlibrary loan procedures. Students and faculty requesting WRLC books for the Prince William or Arlington Campuses need to allow more time for delivery of those items to their sites.

WRLC is a regional resource-sharing consortium established in the metropolitan area to expand and enhance scholarly information sources available to students and faculty. Members are American, Catholic, Gallaudet, George Mason, George Washington, Marymount, and the University of the District of Columbia.

A sample request explaining the direct borrowing process is located on the libraries’ website. For more information, send e-mail to”.

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