George Mason University

Services to Distance Education Students and Faculty

Requesting Books from the George Mason University Libraries

  1. You must be teaching or enrolled in a qualifying Distance Education Course to be eligible for this service.

  2. Go to the Mason Libraries' Interlibrary Loan page and log in using your Mason email username and password.

  3. You must have a George Mason University ID card to request books because you will be asked to enter the barcode from the card on the request form. (The barcode number begins with 22777..) If you do not have a Mason ID card, please contact Mason Distance Education to find out how to obtain one.

  4. The first time you log in, you will be asked to fill out a profile page, which will require you to give us your mailing address and other information. To have books sent to you, you must choose Distance Ed Faculty, Distance Ed Grad or Distance Ed Undergrad from the Status dropdown menu. You will also be asked to tell us what distance course you are enrolled in. If you cease to be enrolled in distance education, you must return to the User Information page in your Interlibrary Loan account and edit your status information.

  5. After submitting your profile information, you will see a screen that permits you to place document delivery requests. On the left side of the screen, under Place a Request, click Book Request.

  6. Enter all of the required information about the book you are requesting.

  7. Books will be sent to you using UPS or other comparable service.

    • If you receive books owned by the George Mason University Libraries, the books will be charged out to your account in our Voyager catalog system, and you will be able to see a list of Mason-owned books that are checked out to you, check the due dates, and renew them online. The due date will also be displayed on the slip inserted into the book. Loan periods and other circulation policies can be viewed here.

    • If you receive books that we have obtained from another library through Interlibrary Loan, the books will be charged out to your account in our ILLiad system, and you will be able to see a list of Interlibrary Loan books that are checked out to you, check the due dates, and request renewal online. The due date will be noted on the green bookstrap on the cover of the book. Please be aware that books obtained through Interlibrary Loan usually cannot be renewed, so you should use Interlibrary Loan books as soon as you receive them.

  8. Books that we send to you are securely packaged and insured, and we can track them through UPS. Because of this, we take financial responsibility for them until they reach you - if they are lost on their way to you, you will not be charged for them. Once they have been delivered to you, they are your financial responsibility. Please pay attention to the due date for their return and send them back 2-3 business days before they are due to allow time for shipping.

  9. We include a prepaid UPS label for you to use to return books to us. You must securely package the books and return them to us using this label. If you use the return label that we provide, you will cease to be responsible for the books as soon as UPS accepts them. If you choose to use some other method to return books to us, you will be held financially responsible for them until we receive them.

  10. Some books, including reference books, rare books, textbooks, recently published books, books from the Law School Library, and others, are not shipped to distance education patrons. The Libraries reserve the right to make this determination about any materials that are requested. You will be notified if your request cannot be filled.

  11. For any questions regarding this service, please contact the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Office at (703) 993-2228 or illloan @