There are many reasons the item you want may not be available from the UGA Libraries - we may not own it, our copy could be lost, missing, or checked out, or we may not have the specific issue of a journal.
We advise first checking the GIL Universal Catalog and then using the built-in GILExpress delivery feature, when available. If the book isn't available that way, make an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request.
The chart below explains some of the differences between GIL Express and Interlibrary Loan
|FREE to UGA students, faculty, and staff||FREE to UGA students, faculty, and staff|
|Limited to only University System of Georgia libraries||Can and does borrow from libraries worldwide|
|Checkout time is usually 4 weeks, with two 4-week renewal periods.||
Checkout time is set by lending institution, can vary widely but is usually 4-6 weeks, sometimes with renewals, sometimes not.
|For books only||Can borrow a wide variety of materials|
|If textbooks are available, patron may request||Will NOT borrow textbooks|
|Will borrow books from other libraries even if the UGA Libraries own the item.||Will NOT borrow items that are owned by the UGA Libraries, even if the item is checked out or otherwise unavailable.|
GILExpress does not extend to the lending of journals, nor the copying of articles. For article requests, use Interlibrary Loan.
A note for Distance Learning Students:
- UGA books may be requested by in-state distance learners to be delivered to a participating GIL Express institution near their home.
- GIL Express books from non-UGA GIL Express institutions may also be delivered to participating GIL Express institutions other than UGA.
- Interlibrary loan books may be delivered to your home, as part of a pilot project currently underway through December 2016.