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WRLC Borrowing Policies

The Washington Research Library Consortium enables CUA students, staff, and faculty with current library privileges to borrow items from other libraries in the consortium. The Consortium Loan Service handles all such requests, though patrons may also borrow in-person from member libraries.


Loan Periods

When CUA patrons request items through the Consortium Loan Service or in person at a WRLC library, the loan periods generally will follow these guidelines:

  • Four weeks for undergraduate students and staff.
  • Six weeks for graduate students.
  • Up to four months for faculty, using three fixed due dates per year (1/31, 5/31, 9/30).

CUA patrons may check out CUA items for the following loan periods:

  • Four weeks for undergraduate.
  • One semester for graduates.
  • One year for faculty.

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Renewing WRLC Items

In all cases, each item borrowed from a WRLC library may be renewed twice.

To renew WRLC items in person, visit the Circulation Desk at any campus library. To renew online, go to your My Library Account account.

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Fines and Fees

WRLC lost book fines and fees are determined by the cost of replacing and processing lost items. For each lost item, the following charges will be assessed:

  • $80 item replacement fee
  • $30 processing fee
  • $10 maximum overdue fine
  • $120 total

Overdue fines for WRLC items are the same as fines for CUA items. See CUA Circulation Loan Periods and Fine Policies for details.

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Further Information

For more information about WRLC borrowing policies, please contact the Circulation Desk at Mullen Library at 202-319-5060.

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