Q. What is Consortium Loan Service (CLS)?
Consortium loan service (CLS) allows students, faculty, and staff of a Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) member institution to borrow books from any of the other WRLC libraries.
UDC students, faculty, and staff are welcome to borrow circulating materials from any of the nine WRLC institutions. UDC Search includes the collection information for all member libraries.
While you may visit any of the member libraries in person to borrow materials, you can also request materials to be delivered to the UDC Library. You may not request materials that UDC owns unless the UDC copy is checked out, lost, or missing.
- Sign in to UDC Search. (Many options are not available until you do this.)
- Search for the item.
- If it is listed as available at UDC, go in person to the UDC library and check it out from there.
- If it is not available at UDC but is listed as available at another WRLC library, it can be requested through CLS. Click on the “CLS Request (2-Day Delivery)” link.
- You will then see a form showing the requested title and your delivery location. If you need delivery to the Community College (801 North Capitol Street) location, indicate this in the "Notes" field.
- Click “Submit Request.”
- In a couple of days, the item will arrive at the UDC Library (or at the Community College resource room 211). You will receive notification by email when your materials are ready. Items must be picked up from the circulation desk within 10 days.
- You can always check on the status of your requests by checking your library account.
- These items may be renewed online through My Library Account. You will need to choose the item’s home library from the dropdown at the top. When you are finished with materials they may be returned to any WRLC library. Be aware that you are responsible for any fines that may accrue.
- Materials not held by any consortium library may be requested through interlibrary loan, which takes longer, doesn't let you keep the books as long, and may cost money.