Graduate Borrowing Privileges

A picture ID card is required to borrow materials from the University of Georgia Libraries. While the preferred form of identification is the UGACard, 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 may be used instead. You must be enrolled to be eligible for borrowing privileges. If you are an incoming student, you are not eligible to borrow materials until you have registered for classes.

Please check out the following summary of Graduate Borrowing Privileges:

  • Loan Period - most books charged to graduate students have a loan period of 125 days (1 semester).
  • Fines - regular overdue fines are 25 cents per day per item.
  • Notices - are sent by email as a courtesy.
  • Flagging - the libraries may suspend borrowing privileges and/or flag univerity record for outstanding obligations.
  • My Account - is the place where patrons can monitor all their due dates, renewals, fines/fees, etc.
  • Renewals - patrons are allowed 2 online renewals.
  • Recalls - patrons may recall items that are charged to another patron.
  • Lost Items - should be reported as soon as possible to the appropriate Circulation Desk at the Main or Science Library.

Loan Periods

Books charged to graduates have a loan period of 125 days (1 semester). Exceptions to this guideline include: restricted material such as rare books, periodicals, microforms, newspapers and others materials. The Leisure Collection circulates for 14 days. Graduate students may check out bound volumes of periodicals for 7 days.There is no limit to the number of items a graduate student may check out, with the exception of special permission and Reserve items.

Fines

The borrower is responsible for all items checked out in his/her name until those items are discharged from the library account. Regular overdue fines are 25 cents per day per item. The overdue fines for bound periodicals are 50 cents per day per item. Overdue fines are not charged for dates that the Libraries are closed.

Payment for fines and fees can be made in person at the Main and Science Libraries' circulation desks with cash, check, or credit card. Payments can also be made via telephone with a credit card or by mail with a check or money order paid to the order of UGA Libraries.

Contact Information for the Main and Science Libraries:

Main Library Science Library
Access Services Department Access Services Department
University of Georgia Libraries University of Georgia Libraries
Main Library Science Library
Athens, Georgia 30602-1641 Athens, Georgia 30602-7412
Phone: 706.542.3256 Phone: 706.542.4535

Notices

Courtesy notices, overdue notices, recall notices, recall overdue notices and fine bills are sent by email. These notices are sent as a courtesy. Failure to receive a notice does not absolve the patron from responsibility for overdue fines and/or other library fees.

Flagging

Overdue items, outstanding fines or other obligations may result in the suspension of library privileges and/or the flagging of University records.

My Account

Updating a patron's address with any other department of the University does not automatically update the Libraries' record. Please notify the Access Services Department of any address changes.

Renewals

A patron may renew their book(s) online twice. After the book(s) has been renewed twice, the patron must bring the book to the Circulation Desk for renewal. Following that pattern, there is no limit on the number of times an item may be renewed as long as no one else has requested it. If you accidentally click the renew button twice, GIL will renew the book(s) twice. Check the status and due date of each book to verify that it was renewed. If an item has already been renewed twice, you will get the message "Not Renewed". Items charged out manually by filling out a charge card, need to be returned to the library for renewal. Manual charges do not appear online and cannot be renewed online.

Recalls

A patron with an UGACard may recall items that are charged out to another researcher. The loan period of items recalled by other users is shortened. Items being recalled by another patron should be returned as soon as possible. Recall overdue fines are $1.00 per day. Recalled items cannot be renewed.

Lost items

A patron who loses an item is responsible for reimbursing the Libraries for the replacement cost, the processing fee, and fines accrued. The cost of repair or replacement of damaged items will be billed to the borrower.

Rules and regulations of The University of Georgia Libraries are to be followed. Failure to do so may result in the suspension of patron borrowing privileges and/or flagging of University records.