George Mason University

Consortium Loan Service (CLS)

What is the Consortium Loan Service?

George Mason students, faculty, and staff may borrow books and have articles sent directly from other WRLC (Washington Research Library Consortium) libraries rather than using the standard interlibrary loan procedures common to all libraries. This direct borrowing service allows students and faculty to receive books and articles from other WRLC libraries more quickly (generally within 2 business days). Please note: students and faculty requesting items to be sent to the Prince William campus need to allow somewhat more time for delivery of the item(s).

What can be borrowed or requested from WRLC?

The WRLC direct borrowing service is currently available only for:

What can't be borrowed or requested from WRLC?

The following items are currently unavailable for requests from WRLC:

Requests for these and other items not available from WRLC institutions should be made through standard interlibrary loan procedures. Please use the Mason Libraries' Interlibrary Loan request form at

How do I borrow or request something from WRLC?

To use this service, please follow these steps:

  1. Search for the needed item in the WRLC catalog.
  2. Select the needed item's individual holdings record from within the WRLC catalog.
  3. Enter patron barcode number (on your Mason ID) and your last name.
  4. Specify a pickup location for the item at a specific George Mason University Library
    • GM for Fairfax campus
    • GMA for Arlington campus
    • GMP for Prince William campus
  5. Enter the last date you can use this item, if the item can not be retrieved by this date the request will be cancelled.
  6. If requesting an article, enter complete and accurate citation information.
  7. Re-enter your barcode number - thus a double authentication for your security.
  8. Click on the Submit button at the bottom of the form.


If you encounter any problems with the request process or have questions or comments, please contact any Circulation Staff member at any Mason Library circulation desk.