Himmelfarb Library's Interlibrary Loan service, called Documents2Go, serves the faculty, students, and staff of the Schools of Medicine & Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Public Health & Health Services. If Himmelfarb does not own an item that you are looking for and the item is not available through CLS, Documents2Go is your next step
We also offer services to registered non-affiliates, such as law firms, corporations, and nonprofits. All users--GWU-affiliates and non-affiliates alike--submit requests through our Documents2Go portal.
Be sure to check that you are requesting materials through your home library.
Himmelfarb Library is now offering Ship to Home services for your Documents2Go book requests.
The Himmelfarb Library Interlibrary Loan service can ship books directly to your residence. When we borrow a print book from another library, you can either pick it up at the library, or we can ship it to you at any location within the United States.
How long will it take?
Once you place an ILL request through Documents2Go for the book that you want, you will receive an email asking to confirm if you would like to pick the book up at the Himmelfarb Library, or if you would like us to ship the book to you. We will not process your request until we have received your response. If you elect to receive item up from the Circulation Desk, we will notify you when the book arrives. We will hold onto the item until it is due back at its home library (generally 6-8 weeks).
If you elect to have the book mailed to you, we ask that you accept the borrowing agreement that is detailed in the email you receive. After you have accepted the agreement terms, we will send the request out to find a library willing to send their copy of the book. 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 generally takes 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 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 ship 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.
If you have any additional questions do not hesitate to contact our Interlibrary Loan department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may find more information on the Shipping Service guide.