Undergraduate 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 Undergraduate Borrowing Privileges:

  • Loan Period - most books charged to undergraduates have a loan period of 28 days.
  • 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

Most books charged to undergraduates have a loan period of 28 days. Exceptions to this guideline include: restricted material such as rare books, periodicals, microforms, newspapers, the Leisure Collection, and others materials. The Leisure Collection circulates for 14 days. There is no limit to the number of items an undergraduate may check out, with the exception of special permission and Reserve items. The borrower is responsible for all items checked out in his/her name until those items are discharged and cleared from the library account.


Regular overdue fines are 25 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. 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. Failure to receive a notice does not absolve the borrower from responsibility for overdue fines and/or other library fees.


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.


There is no limit on the number of times an item may be renewed as long as no one else has requested it. Items may be renewed two times online without bringing them into the library by going to gil.uga.edu and viewing your account information. 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.


A patron with a 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.