The GIL Universal Catalog is a single database of information created from the library collections of the University System of Georgia’s 35 institutions, and the Georgia Archives (State of Georgia). These individual collections contain 14,560,343 volumes, of which approximately 60% are unique, i.e. only held by one library.
The GIL Universal Catalog is updated on a regular basis and may be searched in the same way that local GIL catalogs are searched. In most cases a single bibliographic record display will indicate which libraries own copies of the item. Location and status information (which library, shelf-location, check-out status, etc.) are also displayed. The GIL Universal Catalog offers its patrons a gateway to the combined information resources of all GIL Libraries. For USG students, faculty and staff, the Universal Catalog is a means for requesting an item be delivered to a USG library for pick-up. This universal borrowing service is called GIL Express.
Changes made to local Voyager instances are pushed up to the UC by way of an automated script which runs at certain times of day, according to the following schedule:
UC Update Schedule
UC Call Numbers:
This chart calls out how each institution has defined their preferred call numbers in their MARC records. The UC refers to this list when choosing which call number to place in the UC record:
UC Call Number Chart
The GIL Universal Catalog was a requirement of the USG’s Integrated Library System RFP issued in 1998. Working with the successful bidder, Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. (Now Ex Libris), Des Plaines, Illinois, the University System of Georgia created the Universal Catalog. It went into production in 2003. This physical union catalog contains bibliographic records held in the GIL Consortium libraries. Real-time status information retrieved from the individual Voyager databases is displayed in the Univeral Catalog. This represented the mechanism through which Universal Borrowing (GIL Express) operated for USG patrons. It was very innovative for its time.
It continues to represent an important resource sharing tool for the USG Libraries and their patrons.