Other Borrower - Borrowing Privileges

If you are a visiting researcher/scholar working with a sponsoring department or faculty member, please go to the following web page for information about obtaining borrowing privileges as a campus visitor.

How to get a borrowers card

Individuals over the age of 18 who are interested in having borrowing privileges from the UGA Libraries, but who are not affiliated with the University may still borrow material by obtaining an Outside Borrower's card. UGA has agreements with many regional libraries throughout the state for this purpose. To get a UGA Libraries Outside Borrower's card, the patron can go to the regional library with which we have an agreement where he or she has a valid membership. There the patron may fill out a short application and pay a $10.00 fee. This application will be forwarded to UGA where an account will be created. The patron can pick up his or her card at the Circulation Desk at the Main Library. Please allow approximately one week for this process.

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application fee need to be paid again unless the borrower's card has lapsed for three months or longer and the card is no longer valid.

Policies governing the use of the Outside Borrower's Card

This borrower's card entitles the borrower to check out up to five books at a time. The card is nontransferable and must be accompanied by a picture ID to charge out items. The normal loan period is four weeks, although this may be shorter if the expiration of the card is prior to the end of the loan period. As long as a book has not been recalled, patrons may renew their books twice online by accessing their account through our web site gil.uga.edu, or by coming to the library with their borrower's card and requesting that books be renewed. 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.

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

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.

Payment for fines and fees can be made in person at the Main and Science Libraries' circulation desks with cash, check, or credit card. Can't get to the library? 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

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 cannot take responsibility if a patron fails to receive a notice. The patron is responsible for notifying the Access Services Department if his/her address changes.

If an item is recalled by another patron, the loan period of the book is shortened. Items recalled should be returned as soon as possible. Overdue recall fines are $1.00 per day. Items that are recalled may not be renewed.

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.

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.