| General Information
GIL Express is a service being offered at
all libraries within the University System of Georgia (USG).
The service is an innovative resource sharing initiative that
allows students, faculty and staff access to all eligible
circulating material at all USG libraries. GIL Express
is available to all eligible patrons through an on site
(walk up) service.
Who's eligible: All
currently enrolled students and currently employed faculty
and staff who are in good standing at their Home Library are
eligible to use GIL Express. Retired faculty
and staff should check with their Home Library to determine
if they are eligible to use this service.
Scope: Printed books
(monographs) that are normally lent for the standard loan
period at the Holding Library are available to be borrowed
through GIL Express.
Exceptions include, but are
not limited to:
||• Reserve materials
||• Reference materials or other materials that
do not circulate without special permission
||• Materials housed in any Special Collection
||• Bound journals
||• Journal articles
||• Material that the Holding Library designates
as not eligible for GIL Express loans
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Loan Period: All
GIL Express material has a 28-day loan period for all patrons.
Two online renewals are allowed unless the material has been
Recall Fines: If a
University System of Georgia library chooses to charge recall
fines for materials checked out through GIL Express the fines
will be $2.50 a day for each recalled item. Recall fines apply
to all patrons.
Statewide vs. Local Policies:
All USG Libraries have agreed upon most of the policies that
govern GIL Express. There remain some policies, such as the
number of items that may be borrowed from a specific institution,
that are set locally. This means that the Holding
Library (the library that owns the material you wish
to borrow) and the Home Library (your library)
have control of certain policies. These local policies are
available from each library, usually on the library's web
Borrowing materials not
available through GIL Express: Materials that
are not available through GIL Express (i.e.,
journal articles) may be available through Interlibrary
Loan. To determine if you are eligible to use Interlibrary
Loan, please talk to your local ILL Department.
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|| Holding Library: The specific
library to which borrowed material belongs (when not the
||Home Library: The library with which
the patron is affiliated. "Home Library" refers
to the campus rather than to any individual library on
|| Visited Library: The library from
which a remote request is placed or to which an item is
returned (when not the Home or Holding Library).
|| A picture ID card is required to use
GIL Express at any USG library. The preferred
form of identification is a current, valid picture ID
card that is issued by the patron's Home institution.
Also acceptable is a government issued current, valid
picture ID such as a driver's license or a Georgia ID
card, a US passport or a US military ID.
|| The Universal Catalog contains the holdings
from all University System of Georgia Libraries in a single,
unified database. It has real time links to holdings
and item information from the contributing catalogs. Items that do not circulate through GIL Express
are included in the Universal Catalog.
These items may be available for in-library use at the
||USG: University System of Georgia
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USE GIL EXPRESS
On Site Requesting:
To use walk up GIL Express at
any USG library, simply go to the library of your choice and
select the materials that you wish to check out. When you
check out the material the system will verify that you are
eligible to use GIL Express. If you do not
have a patron record in your Home Library's patron database,
you will not be able to check out material using GIL
Identification is Required: An institution issued
picture ID that is current and valid is preferred. A current
and valid government issued picture ID such as a driver's
license or a Georgia ID card, a US passport or a US military
ID is also acceptable. Verification of the information will
be made through the online GIL Express system. Your Home Library
is responsible for keeping the patron database current for
that institution. If your Home Library does not have you in
their patron database, you will not be able to use GIL Express.
of Your Material: You can easily track the material
you have requested or checked out from your Home Library and
through GIL Express. From any screen in your local catalog,
from any other USG GIL catalog or from the Universal Catalog
you can click on "My Account" at the top of the
screen. You will be asked to sign in to ensure that the privacy
of your records is protected. Once your information is verified
you will see the material that you have checked out from your
Home Library and any outstanding fines and fees that you may have. If you
have material checked out from other USG libraries through
GIL Express you will see those libraries listed in alphabetical
order after your Home Library. Under each Holding Library
will be a listing of items you have checked out through this
service. You will also see any fines and fees that you owe
at other USG libraries.
Viewing All of the
Material You have Checked Out: To protect your
privacy, the GIL circulation client at each USG library can
only display what you have checked out from that specific
library. You are the only one who can view all of the material
that you have checked out and/or requested through GIL Express.
It is your responsibility to keep track of the material and
to renew or return all of it by the correct due date.
Express Material: GIL Express material may be
returned to any USG library. The material will be discharged
at the time it is returned. All material should be returned
by the due date or when it is recalled.
If you have GIL Express material from any of the USG libraries
that is overdue, your borrowing privileges will be blocked.
This block will be effective at all libraries including your
Home Library and you may be blocked in your home institution's
Updating Your Address:
Please make sure that all of your information, including your
current email address, is correct so that you may receive
timely notifications from all USG Libraries. Email is the
preferred method of notification. You are responsible for
notifying your Home library of your current address and for
checking your mail. Failure to receive notification from a
library does not absolve you of your obligations to any USG
Library, including your Home Library.
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