Georgetown Joins Regional Library Consortium

Posted: October 30, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

The George Mason community has access to the 1.6 million volumes of the Georgetown University Library now that the institution has joined the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), a regional organization that allows member institutions to share library resources across university boundaries.

“We are delighted to have Georgetown participate in WRLC,” says John Zenelis, university librarian. “Georgetown’s membership in WRLC provides great mutual benefit in the higher education community of the Washington metropolitan area.”

The addition of Georgetown’s main campus library system includes Lauinger Library and the Blommer Science Library, and provides access to a new multimedia center, an online reference chat service, and a diverse special collections department.

George Mason has been a WRLC member since 1987. The membership gives faculty, students, and staff access to research materials from American University, The Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, George Washington University, Marymount University, and the University of the District of Columbia, and now Georgetown University.

“The close library association of Washington metropolitan area universities through WRLC is valuable to all participating members, enabling not only effective and efficient use of shared resources, but also promoting interinstitutional collaboration on a variety of library programs,” says Zenelis.

WRLC members now have access to a “virtual” combined collection of some seven million volumes and other library holdings; reciprocal on-site access and borrowing privileges; rapid delivery service for loaned items; off-site storage; information technology services; support and training opportunities; and use of the WRLC Digital Collections Production Center.

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