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Distance Education: Access

Electronic Resources

Himmelfarb Library provides two mechanisms to our online collections.  Himmelfarb Library's online collections provide access to 100 databases, 4,000+ electronic books, and 4,200+ electronic journals licensed by Himmelfarb Library, the Gelman Library, and/or the George Washington University for use by faculty, staff and students.

To use these resources from off-campus locations, you should login via VPN or via GW NetID.

  • VPN: this method will work best on your personal computer.  VPN use requires a software download and simple set-up; you will start the VPN software and login before accessing the Himmelfarb Library's online resources.
  • GW NetID: this method requires no set-up and works well on any computer, including secured workplace computers.  The GW NetID method uses a web-based proxy server; you will be automatically prompted to login when you access the Himmelfarb Library's online resources.

Troubleshooting:

Please contact the Himmelfarb Library Reference Desk at (202) 994-2850 or himmelfarb@gwu.edu with access problems.

Software

Print Materials

Himmelfarb will ship books to students enrolled in off-campus/online courses in the SMHS, GWSPH, or SON.  Here's what to do:

  1. Search the Library Catalog to identify needed book(s).
  2. Complete the DE Shipping Request Form.

Who is eligible?  This service is restricted to those students who are currently enrolled in off-campus/online classes offered in the SMHS, GWSPH, or SON. This service is not available to on-campus students who are out of town for a rotation, externship, etc.

What materials are eligible?  Books from our borrowing collection that are located onsite may be shipped.  No AV materials such as DVDs, CDs or videos are eligible, nor are items in the Reference and Reserve collections.  Print journals may not be shipped, although copies of individual articles may be sent upon request.  For information on obtaining article copies, visit:   https://docs2go.himmelfarb.gwu.edu/illiad/logon.html to learn about Himmelfarb’s Document Delivery Service.

How are requests made?  Use Himmelfarb Library’s convenient online form, located at: http://himmelfarb.gwu.edu/forms/shipping.cfm

How many items maximum can be requested?  The limit is 5 items per user.  (If a multi-volume set is requested, each volume counts as one item.)

What is the checkout period? These items will have an extended due date.  To accommodate the time lost in shipping, due dates for items will be 30 days rather than the usual 3 weeks  Items being returned must be postmarked by the due date in order not to accrue overdue fines.

What is the cost of shipping?  Himmelfarb Library assumes the cost of shipping items to users.  The borrower assumes the cost of shipping items back to Himmelfarb.

What is the method of shipping?  USPS ships our materials.

How long will it take for materials to arrive (i.e. delivery time)?  Deliveries should arrive within 7 days of the request.

Who has liability for lost materials?  The borrower assumes liability for items being returned that are lost in transit.  If the borrower returns items via the Post Office, we advise that they insure the package.  With proof of insurance, the borrower is not responsible for items the Post Office loses during shipping.

What are the possible overdue fines?  Overdue fines are the same as for books borrowed on-site ($0.25/day).

What about lost / stolen / damaged items?  If a Himmelfarb Library item becomes lost or stolen while in your possession, you will be responsible for paying replacement fees and any overdue fines accrued before the item was reported lost. In some cases, a portion of the fines will be forgiven if there is documentation of theft.

  • If you receive an overdue notice for an item which you returned to the Library, contact the Circulation Desk at (202) 994-2962.
  • If a book is damaged while in your possession, you will be responsible for paying repair or replacement costs for each item, plus a $25.00 processing fee per item.
  • Contact the Circulation Desk Manager at (202) 994-1829 if you have questions or require further information.

How can I pay for overdue / lost / stolen / damaged items? Checks should be mailed directly to the Circulation Manager:

The Circulation Day Manager

Himmelfarb Library

2300 Eye St, NW

Washington, DC 20037

How can I renew or place holds?  Distance Ed students may renew items online or over the phone, as long as their account is in good standing. Should someone else place a hold on any items the Distance Ed student has checked out, the student may not renew those items, but must instead return them by the original due date.

Distance Ed students who would like to place a hold on an item currently checked out should contact the Circulation Desk Manager, The Circulation Day Manager, rather than place the hold online.  Call (202) 994-1829 to speak to them, or send them an e-mail.

To renew online, log into your account in the Library Catalog.  To renew by phone, call (202) 994-2962 during Himmelfarb’s hours of operation.

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