GIL Express is a service being offered at all libraries within the University System of Georgia (USG). The service is an innovative resource sharing initiative that allows students, faculty and staff access to all eligible circulating material at all USG libraries. GIL Express currently is available to all eligible USG patrons through an on site (walk up) service.
All currently enrolled students and currently employed faculty and staff who are in good standing at their University System of Georgia's College or University Home Library are eligible to use GIL Express. Retired faculty and staff should check with their Home Library to determine if they are eligible to use this service.
The Interlibrary Loan Department (ILL) borrows books and obtains photocopies of articles from other libraries throughout the United States and around the world for eligible patrons in order to support specific educational and research needs. It also lends materials and sends copies of articles to other Libraries.
The GIL Universal Catalog is a single database of information that is created from the individual library collections of the University System of Georgia's 31 member institutions and the Georgia Archives (State of Georgia). This catalog contains over six million volumes, of which approximately 60% are unique, i.e., held by a single library. The GIL Universal Catalog is maintained on a regular basis.
No. Only books from the general collections from each of the University System of Georgia's 31 member institutions will be made available for GIL Express.
The University System of Georgia (USG) is comprised of the 31 public institutions of higher education, the Georgia Archives, and the Georgia Public Library Service. The public library collections are not included inthe GIL Universal Catalog and are not available through GIL Express.
If you can connect to the Internet then you can use GIL Express. To access the Universal Catalog point your browser to http://giluc.usg.edu.[ return to top ]
No. If you borrow materials through GIL Express your privileges are standard across the state.
Everyone has a 28-day loan period with 2 renewals (if no one else has requested the book). If you need the book for longer than this you will need to return the book and request it again. There are currently no overdue fines but some libraries charge overdue recall fines.
Once a GIL Express book becomes overdue your borrowing privileges are blocked throughout the University System of Georgia and at your own Home Library. See your Home Library for complete information on GIL Express borrowing privileges.
The total number of books that may be borrowed through GIL Express is 100.
No. The total or aggregate limit is 100. Each library may set its own limit for the number of books that you may borrow through GIL Express. This limit is typically based on the size of the collection and the needs of the library's primary patrons. The GIL Express system will track and manage the individual limits and apply them to your aggregate.
Technically, either library can be your Home Library. However for ease in tracking your GIL Express material and your obligations you are strongly encouraged to select one library as your Home Library and stay with that library. If you move back and forth you will lose the ability to see a consolidated list of everything that you have checked out, as well as other obligations, through GIL Express. You should also remember that GIL Express has standardized policies. For materials that are not checked out through GIL Express individual library policies (including borrowing privileges) may differ.[ return to top ]
No. A picture ID card is required to use GIL Express at any USG library. While the preferred form of identification is a current, valid picture ID card that is issued by your Home institution you may also use a government issued current, valid picture ID such as a driver's license or a Georgia ID card, a US passport or a US military ID.[ return to top ]
No. A picture ID card is required to use GIL Express at any USG library. While the preferred form of identification is a current, valid picture ID card that is issued by the your Home institution you may also use a government issued current, valid picture ID such as a driver's license or a Georgia ID card, a US passport or a US military ID.[ return to top ]
A GIL Express book can be renewed twice before it has to be returned to the library that owns it. If you still need the book after two renewals you will need to return the book and request it again.
Once your book is overdue your patron record is blocked throughout the University System. At the point that you are blocked you can no longer renew your book (or check out other books), even if you haven't reached your two renewal limit. If your book is overdue you must return it to become unblocked. If you still need the book you will need to request it again.[ return to top ]
Yes. You can return your GIL Express books to any USG library. The library staff at Georgia Southern will discharge the books immediately so that they are no longer your responsibility. They will send the books back to each of their respective libraries.
The system will randomly select the library for you. You may have it delivered to Savannah State and you may also return it to Savannah State when you finish it.[ return to top ]
If an item that you need is already checked out to someone else you may wish to place a recall through your local GIL catalog, if your library allows recalls. A recall ensures that you will be notified when the item is returned, and that it will be held in your name for a set number of days. Recalls may not be placed through the Universal Catalog.
You cannot place recalls through the Universal Catalog. Individual libraries have different policies about recalling material through local GIL catalogs. Contact the Circulation Department of the library that owns the book that you need. In addition, see your Interlibrary Loan Librarian.
Each library can decide if it wants to charge recall fines. If recall fines are charged to GIL Express patrons the fine is $2.50 a day for every day the book is late. Currently only GA Tech and UGA charge recall fines.[ return to top ]
Yes. Notices are simply a courtesy. All of the books you have checked out, the books that you've requested and your fines and fees for your Home Library and for all GIL Express transactions may be viewed online by logging into your "My Account" record through any local GIL catalog or through the Universal Catalog. This allows you to monitor all of your obligations to all USG Libraries at any time.
Not all libraries use email to deliver notices to patrons. The libraries that do use email want you to give them your correct email address. Ask about email notification when you check out a book.
Email notices, like printed notices, are simply a courtesy. All of the books you have checked out, the books that you've requested and your fines and fees for your Home Library and for all GIL Express transactions may be viewed online by logging into your "My Account" record through any local GIL catalog or through the Universal Catalog. This allows you to monitor all of your obligations to all USG Libraries at any time.[ return to top ]
If your GIL Express books are overdue, your library borrowing privileges will be suspended at all of the USG libraries as well as your Home Library until they are returned. Your Home Library will determine what other action to take in order to encourage you to return the books.
The library owning the borrowed item will send a courtesy notice to the address shown on your account to remind you the book is due. If the item remains overdue, the lending library will send you a courtesy bill; your home library may notify you as well. Non-receipt of a notice or bill does not relieve you of any outstanding obligations.
You are still responsible for the overdue book and will continue to be blocked in GIL Express by Dalton State College until you return or pay for the book.
No. Each library sets its own price for the replacement of a lost book. If you have questions about the price of a book you should check with the library that owns the book.
The processing fee for one lost GIL Express book is $35.00. This fee is set by a statewide policy and is based on the average cost to an individual library to process a replacement copy of a book that is already in its collection.
Once paid, the processing fee is non-refundable.
Generally, no. Some libraries in the University System of Georgia may occasionally accept a replacement copy of a lost book in lieu of a lost book payment. This is at the discretion of the library that owns the book that was lost. Arrangements must be made between the patron who borrowed the book and the library that owns the book. It is at the discretion of the library to charge the processing fee when accepting the replacement copy of a lost book.
Currently fines are not charged for overdue GIL Express books. Because this is a statewide system you will be blocked at both your Home Library and at all USG libraries if you have overdue books. Overdue fines could be charged in the future.
Each library can decide if it wants to charge recall fines. However, if recall fines are charged to GIL Express patrons the fine is $2.50 a day for every day the book is late. Currently only GA Tech and UGA charge recall fines.
No, any fines or fees that you owe have to be paid to the library owning the items.[ return to top ]