There are a number of ways to obtain the materials you need when you can't come to
University System of Georgia Libraries
Students enrolled at SPSU may check out books from any other library in the University
System of Georgia. You will need a picture ID, such as a driver's license or SPSU
ID card. You must be currently enrolled at SPSU and your information in the library's
database must be current.
Fines are not charged for overdue materials borrowed from other libraries in the University
System. However, a single overdue book, from another library, can result in a block
being placed on your library record, preventing you from checking out materials from
any University System library, even from Johnson Library, until the material is returned.
Keep track of materials you have checked out and fees owed through your account in
Interlibrary Use Cards
Interlibrary Use Cards allow currently enrolled students to visit other libraries
to check out materials. Students enrolled in distance courses may apply for cards
to go to other college and university libraries in the Atlanta/Athens area. Cards
are issued for the current semester only. To obtain an Interlibrary Use Card, ask
your professor or e-mail one of the library contacts.
Interlibrary Loan provides access to sources obtained from other libraries. The service
is available for all SPSU currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff. Please
note that the service works differently for distance learners due to regulations beyond
Articles: Distance learners can request copies of articles via interlibrary loan.
Books: Unfortunately, Johnson Library cannot fulfill interlibrary loan requests from distance
learners for books. We’re only allowed to send books from library to library, not
to a person. However, there are two other options:
GIL Express Request: If you live in the state of Georgia, you can request books from any other library
in the University System of Georgia to be sent to the nearest USG library to you.
For example, if you live in Valdosta, you can sign in to the GIL Universal Catalog
as an SPSU student, select a book from the University of Georgia, and request it to
be sent to Valdosta State University. Then, just pick up the book from Valdosta.
Local Library: If you live outside Georgia, or are too far from a USG library, we recommend that
you become a member of your local public library. Public libraries can also fulfill
interlibrary loan requests. Be sure you have as much information about the book as
possible (title, author, date, publisher, and publisher’s location). WorldCat.org is a great resource for determining which libraries have specific sources. WorldCat.org
will show every type of library — public, academic, government, archive, etc. Most
of these libraries will allow guest use of their facilities. Even if you can’t check
out a book, you would still be able to read it from within the library.
Request Form: Requests for interlibrary loans may be made online by clicking here. You can also use the interlibrary loan request form from within SPSU Hive Search. Just click on the link that says “Request this item through interlibrary loan.”