Outside Borrowers

Borrowing Privileges - Individuals over the age of 18, who are not affiliated with the University, may still borrow material by obtaining an Outside Borrower's card. UGA has agreements with many regional public libraries throughout the state for this purpose.  If the public library where he/she is a registered borrower is a participant in the Outside Borrower’s program, the applicant for borrowing privileges at The University of Georgia Libraries, must go to his/her public library to complete the application form, including signing the statement of responsibility, and must pay the $10.00 user’s fee. The user fee is non-refundable. The public library must send all paperwork through the U.S. mail. The patron can pick up the Outside Borrower's Card at the Circulation Desk at the Main Library. Please allow approximately one week for this process.  At the public library’s discretion, the borrower may be allowed to present the completed application and user fee in person directly to the UGA Main Library's Circulation Office. 

An Outside Borrower's card is issued initially for three months and may be renewed as long as no outstanding obligations exist. Requests for renewal of this card may be made through the mail, e-mail, by telephone, or in person during most hours the Libraries are open. A new application form does not need to be completed, nor does the application fee need to be paid again unless the borrower's card has lapsed for three months or longer.

Outside Borrowers are not eligible for Interlibrary Loan, recalling charged items, and borrowing from Reserves, Reference, or other restricted library collections.

Loan Period - Books charged to Outside Borrowers have a loan period of 28 days. The borrower's card is nontransferable and must be accompanied by a current, government-issued picture ID - such as (but not limited to) a driver's license, Georgia ID card, US passport, or US military ID - to charge out items. The Leisure Collection circulates for 14 days. Outside Borrowers can check out 5 books at a time. As long as a book has not been recalled, patrons may renew their books twice online through their library account, or by coming to the library with their borrower's card. Items can be renewed as many times as desired by bringing the books to the circulation desk, where they will be recharged. Recalled books cannot be renewed.The borrower is responsible for all items checked out in his/her name until those items are discharged and cleared from the library account.

Fines -  Regular overdue fines are 25 cents per day per item for each day the libraries are open. Books are due by closing on the date that appears on the patron's record. Fines begin on the first day an item is overdue. If an item is recalled by another patron, the loan period of the book is shortened.  Recalled items should be returned as soon as possible. Overdue recall fines are $1.00 per day. Items that are recalled may not be renewed.Fines and fees may be paid in person at the Main and Science Libraries' circulation desks with cash, check, or credit card. Payments can also be made by phone with a credit card or by mail with a check or money order made payable to the UGA Libraries.

Notices - Courtesy notices, overdue notices, recall notices, recall overdue notices and fine bills are sent by email. These notices are sent as a courtesy; the Libraries is not responsible if a patron fails to receive a notice. The patron is responsible for notifying the Access Services Department if his/her address changes.

Lost and Damaged Items - A patron who suspects that an item checked out in his/her name has been lost should report it as soon as possible to the Access Services Department. A patron who loses an item is responsible for reimbursing the Libraries for the replacement cost, the processing fee, and fines accrued. Patrons are responsible for the proper care of items that they have checked out. The cost of repair or replacement of damaged items will be billed to the borrower.

Contact Information

Main Library

Science Library