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Library Joins Washington Consortium

The Bioethics Research Library is pleased to announce its participation in the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC). In the past year, the BRL has added over 7,000 books to WRLC’s collections. This effort has resulted in a number of benefits for patrons and the library, including better access to materials, increased library study space, and modernization of collection development systems within the library.

WRLC was established in 1987 to facilitate resource-sharing among a number of universities in the Washington, DC area, including American University, Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Marymount University, and the University of the District of Columbia. The offsite storage facility operated by WRLC allows libraries such as the BRL to free up valuable space on campus for study, research, computer workstations, and small group meetings.

In addition, students and faculty of any of the WRLC libraries may search a common catalog (ALADIN) and request items stored at the “WRLC Center.” While the BRL’s items do not circulate, staff of the BRL are happy to assist in requesting its items from the WRLC center that can then be used in the BRL. If you are using the GEORGE catalog system, and an item has “Off Campus Shelving-Request in Bioethics Library” in the location field, please see the reference desk to request; materials requested are typically delivered to the library within forty-eight hours.

When the BRL undertook this effort a year ago, colleagues from Lauinger Library trained BRL staff in barcoding and linking library materials, and coordinated the logistics of getting the items to the WRLC facility. This was a tremendous help in moving the BRL toward better integration with on-campus libraries and the consortium system. The BRL will continue to add up to a total of 10,000 items to WRLC over the coming year.