KEY DEFINITIONS

GIL Express: A resource sharing service offered at all libraries within the University System of Georgia (USG). This service provides access to all eligible circulating material at USG libraries. GIL Express is available to all eligible patrons through remote requesting in the GIL-Find catalog as well as an on-site (walk-up) service.

Eligibility: All currently enrolled students and currently employed faculty and staff in good standing at their 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.

Scope: Printed books (monographs) with the standard loan period at the Holding Library are available to be borrowed through GIL Express.

   Exceptions include, but are not limited to:

Borrowing materials not available through GIL Express: Items not circulated through GIL Express (i.e., journal articles) may be available through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Please contact the Home Library’s ILL Department to determine eligibility.



Circulation Rules

Loan Period: GIL Express has a 28-day loan period for all patrons. Two automatic renewals are given unless the material has been recalled.

Recall Fines: If a USG library chooses to charge recall fines for GIL Express materials, the fines will be $2.50 a day for each recalled item. Recall fines apply to all patrons.

Statewide vs. Local Policies: All USG Libraries have agreed upon most of the policies that govern GIL Express. However, some policies, such as the number of items that may be borrowed from a specific institution, are set locally. This means that the Holding Library (the library that owns the material) and the Home Library (patron’s library) have control of certain policies. These local policies are available from each library, usually on the library's web page.



Using GIL Express

Remote Requesting: To place a remote request, go to the Home Library’s GIL-Find catalog. Type in search terms and select “University System of Georgia.”




If the book being searched for is not available at the Home Library, click “Get It” and check the “More USG Libraries/GIL Express Request” field. If there is a number in parentheses, the book is owned by other USG libraries. Click on “More USG Libraries/GIL Express Request.”




A pop-up screen will appear. Select an institution where the book is available. The book details will display, select “Request” to order the book through GIL Express.







On-Site Requesting: Eligible patrons can go to any USG library and borrow books. When checking out the item(s), patrons are required to provide proper ID to determine their eligibility to use GIL Express.

Required Identification: An institution-issued picture ID that is current and valid is preferred. A current and valid government-issued picture ID, such as a driver's license or a Georgia ID card, a US passport or a US military ID is also acceptable. Verification of the information will be made through the library’s computer system. If unable to verify eligibility through the computer system, the Holding Library’s staff may call the Home Library to verify the patron’s eligibility.

Viewing GIL Express Requests/Loans: View material requested or checked out both from the Home Library and GIL Express in “My Account” through the GIL-Find catalog.

Go to the GIL-Find catalog and click on "Sign in" on the top right of the screen. Sign in using the appropriate method for the home institution.




After signing in, click on the “My Account” tab to view requests and loans from the Home Library and any outstanding fines and fees. On the left, other USG libraries will be listed in alphabetical order. To see books requested and checked out through GIL Express, select the USG library the books were requested and/or borrowed from. You will also see any fines and fees that are owed at other USG libraries.

Return GIL Express Books: GIL Express material can be returned to any USG library. The material will be discharged at the time it is returned. All material should be returned by the due date or when it is recalled.