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Services for Visitors to the UGA Libraries

Libraries and Collections

Main Library

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The Main Library houses art, humanities, social sciences, business, government documents, media, music (books, scores, and periodicals), and newspaper collections.

Science Library

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The Science Library contains physical and life sciences collections, including books, periodicals, and government documents.

Curriculum Materials Library (Room 207 Aderhold Hall)

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The Curriculum Materials Library in Aderhold Hall houses curriculum materials for grades K-12 and a large collection of juvenile literature.

Map & Government Information Library

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The Map & Government Information Library is in the sub-basement of the Main Library, and contains large holdings of maps, air photos and imagery, atlases, and digital spatial data.

Media Department

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The Media Department in the basement of the Main Library houses audiovisual media including educational documentaries, classic cinema, popular movies and TV, and international titles.

Music Library (Hugh Hodgson School of Music)

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The Music Library houses music audio and video recordings, books, scores, and music education materials.

Zell B. Miller Learning Center

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The Miller Learning Center is a classroom facility and electronic library, providing access to online journals and books, research databases and electronic indexes with study space and a reading room.

Special Collections Libraries

The Special Collections libraries are housed in the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries building on Hull Street in Athens.

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Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library consists of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Georgiana Collection, the University of Georgia Archives, and Records Management.

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies supports scholarly research in modern political history and documents modern politics and policy development in the Southeast.

Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection preserves over 200,000 titles in multiple recording formats dating from the 1920s to the present, including newsfilm, home movies, and field recordings of folk music and folklore. The Peabody Awards Collection contains nearly every entry for the first major broadcast award given in the United States. Open by appointment only Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. For many items, viewing copies are available at the Media Desk located in the basement of the UGA Main Library. For information regarding how to schedule an appointment using material from the Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, contact Ruta Abolins (abolins@uga.edu) or call 706-542-4757.

Using our Collections:

Borrowing Privileges


Alumni will need an Alumni Association card in order to borrow materials. Visit the UGA Alumni Association, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. to obtain a card.

Outside Borrowers (non-UGA or University system affiliates)

Outside Borrowers will need to apply for a card through their local library. See the link for details.

University System of Georgia affiliates (faculty, staff, and students)

Bring your University ID card to borrow from our collections.

Online Resources and Computing

The UGA Libraries subscribe to hundreds of research databases, over 48,000 electronic journals, and approximately 400,000 full-text e-books, which visitors can access on campus.

Members of the general public may use public-access computing stations at the Main Library and Miller Learning Center (ask for login credentials at the security desk), as well as the Science Library.

Research Help

Librarians are available to help you in person at each library, as well as by phone (706-542-3251), email, and chat.


The Main Library and the Hargrett Rare Books and Manuscripts Library contain genealogical materials. Ask for help at the reference desk in the Main Library, or in the Special Collections building.

Printing and Copying

Visitors may use a credit or debit card to use a WEPA print station. Alternatively, visitors may purchase a VTS card to use library printers and copiers. VTS card vending machines are located at the Main Library, Science Library, Miller Learning Center, and Aderhold Hall. Black-and-white printing costs 6 cents per page. Color printing costs 50 cents per page. Microfilm/microfiche printing costs 10 cents per page. Black-and-white photocopies are 9 cents per page