Checking Out Resources

You've found what you need! Now how do you take print library materials home? Here are answers to some commonly asked questions at the circulation desks.

Do I need a library card to check out books? Do I have a library card and don't know it?

Your UGACard is also your library card. If you forget your UGACard, you can check out items with another photo ID.

Can I check out anything I find on the shelves?

Some special materials such as pre-1860 books or Reference books can't be checked out. Other materials can only be checked out by faculty or graduate students for a limited time period. For more detail, see our Borrowing Policies page or ask at the circulation desk.

How many items can I check out at a time?

There's no limit... as many as you can haul out the door!

How long can I keep a book and how much are the overdue fines?

That depends on whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student. See our Borrowing and Renewing page for regular books and fines, and our Borrowing Policies page for information on DVDs, bound journals, and other types of materials.

Can I renew my books?

You can renew books through your account unless another person has requested it. You can renew items online twice before you have to bring it into the library for renewal.

What if I need a book that is already checked out?

You usually have two options to get a book that's checked out. When looking at the book in GIL-Find, scroll down below the call number [show me an example]. You may see one or both of these links:

  • "Order this item from the GIL Universal Catalog" -- to borrow the book from another University System of Georgia library through GIL Express [More info]
  • "Recall this item from your local library" -- to (anonymously!) recall the book.

What if the book I need isn't checked out but it isn't on the shelf, either?

First, ask a library shelver or ask at the Reference desk to help you search the shelves. Call numbers can be tricky. You should also search the sorting shelves which are located near the elevators on each floor. If all else fails, you can request the book through GIL Express [show me how] or ask the staff at the Circulation desk to do a thorough search of the library.