Using Other Libraries
There are a number of ways to obtain the materials you need when you can't come to Johnson Library.
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 GIL.
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 our control.
- 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.”