The Books on Demand program is available to AU students, staff, and faculty. When you find a book in the catalog that you'd like set aside for you, click on the red "REQUEST" button in the upper-right corner of the record. If the book is available at American, the request will be sent to us first. We'll pull the book and hold it in your name. If for some reason we are unable to find the book here, we'll move the request along to one of the other library consortium schools who will send the book here for your use.
When a request is pulled, we will send you an email notification of its availability. Materials are held at the Borrowing Desk for 10 days.
Consortium Borrowing / Consortium Loan Service (CLS)
Getting items from other libraries and going to other libraries to borrow
Eligible AU and Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) students, staff and faculty have privileges to borrow from all of the main libraries of the universities participating in the WRLC which include:
If the book is owned by a WRLC school, it can be ordered through Consortium Loan Service (CLS) by clicking on the red "REQUEST" link.
To check item availability at George Mason or Georgetown, select the "holdings" link in the individual catalog records for that item.
CLS book loan periods
Undergrad and staff - 4 weeks Grad - 6 weeks Faculty - Fixed Dates: May 31, Sept. 30 or Jan. 31
Book Chapter Requests
AU users may also request that scans of individual chapters
be made and sent to there My Library Account as a web doc. Copyright restrictions do apply and scan
requests for more than 10% of an item will not be fulfilled.
When a request exceeds the 10% allowable under copyright law or when the
lending institution does not have staff to scan the item, the physical item
will be sent in its place. This service is available for all regularly
circulating items and does not apply to items temporarily placed on course
If you would like an AU book that is
currently checked-out to another borrower, you may place a hold or recall on
that item here.
Note: It is usually
faster to place a consortium loan request through the catalog than to place a hold/recall on the AU item. If
there is an available copy within WRLC, it usually takes only 2 –3 business days to arrive. Interlibrary
loan is also an option (arrival in 10 business days on average).
If you locate an AU item in the
catalog that is listed as "on approval", "ordered", or "received", you may submit a
Priority Cataloging Request.
A Priority Cataloging Request informs the
library's cataloging department that a patron is need of an item as soon as it
is possibly available. When it is
ready, you will receive an email notification, and it will be available to pick
up at the Borrowing Desk.
All DVDs and other media located in the WRLC libraries are listed in
the online catalog like books. Depending on home library policies, these
may be available to AU faculty, staff and students through a regular CLS request. AU users cannot CLS AU videos.
Video CLS items are loaned for five days and overdue fines are $5 per day.
Media Services only loans out titles that are not commonly used for
instruction and are easily replaced. Consortium users are welcome to
view any title on-site at Media Services.