UGA Libraries Encourage Electronic Course Reserves Due to COVID-19

Submitted by Camie on Thu, 06/25/2020

UGA Libraries will continue to provide course reserve services for faculty planning their courses for the fall semester, with some changes due to the COVID-19 situation. Requests submitted by July 17 are guaranteed to be completed and accessible by the first day of fall semester classes.

This academic year, the Libraries encourage instructors to utilize electronic course reserve resources, which can integrate with eLC and limit students’ need to access physical materials and spaces. Electronic course reserves also allow students to access materials after the Thanksgiving break and position faculty for a potential pivot back to online instruction at any point in the semester.

To facilitate this emphasis on electronic materials, faculty members can request electronic versions of books and materials, including the scanning of journal articles or book chapters, or consult with research and instruction librarians in their subject area ( to consider alternative materials. For questions about the fair use of materials, see the Copyright and Fair Use Statement; or contact Mariann Samuel at

For faculty members who wish to reserve physical course materials to be held within a library location, options include a 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day loan period. A previous option to allow 2-hour loans has been eliminated for 2020-2021 to ensure the safety of patrons and staff. Physical course reserve materials will be quarantined for 72 hours after each use.

Physical course reserves may be circulated from any of the following locations: Main Library; Science Library; Curriculum Materials Library- Aderhold Hall; Veterinary Medicine Reading Room-CVM Original Building; Music Library- Hugh Hodgson School of Music; the Dodd Library- Lamar Dodd School of Art; Owens Library- College of Environment and Design; Carnegie Library Learning Center- Health Sciences Campus.    

To request electronic or physical course reserve materials, complete the online form at

For streaming or physical media reserves, please contact the Media Desk at

For any questions about course reserves, contact Ben Lawrence at (Main Library) or Brenda Robbins at (Science Library).

SERVICE UPDATE: No book pickup or scanning at this time

Submitted by amywatts on Sat, 04/04/2020

In compliance with the governor’s stay-at-home order, UGA Libraries will no longer offer book pickup or scanning services.

This applies to all outstanding book requests, including interlibrary loan requests, slated to be picked up at the Main Library, until further notice.

We encourage you to continue to take use of the libraries’ digital resources at

UGA Libraries Offer Spring Break Hours

Submitted by amywatts on Fri, 03/06/2020

During the University of Georgia’s spring break March 7-15, students, faculty and staff may continue to visit UGA Libraries, although various locations will operate on a different schedule.

The Main Library on North Campus and the Science Library on South Campus will close on Sunday, March 8 and reopen 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 9 through Friday, March 13. The locations will return to normal business hours on Saturday, March 14.

The Miller Learning Center will be closed over the weekend, March 7-8, and operate reduced hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 9 through Friday, March 13. The facility will close on Saturday, March 14, reopening at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 15 to resume normal 24-hour-a-day operations.

Library locations in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and College of Education buildings will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 9 through Friday, March 13, with the location at the Lamar Dodd School of Art opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the week.

The Special Collections Building will continue to operate its normal schedule throughout spring break.

Kanopy Changes

Submitted by Kristin on Thu, 05/09/2019

Beginning Monday, May 13, most Kanopy streaming videos will need to be requested before viewing.

Previously, UGA users were able to view many films on the Kanopy site simply by opening them. After a film received a small number of views – no matter how brief – the UGA Libraries had to pay a substantial annual license fee for that film. As use has increased, our costs have risen sharply to the point that we can no longer afford to offer unmediated access.  While moving to request-based (mediated) access may not be as convenient, we are making this change to enable us to continue to provide access to Kanopy films but in a more sustainable way.

The new Kanopy will look the same as the old version. Films already licensed and paid for by the Libraries may be viewed immediately. If we have not licensed a film, you will be directed to a brief request form where you can explain why you need the film. The Libraries will strive to meet all requests for classroom or research use within 24 hours (Monday – Friday).

Please note that most Kanopy licenses expire after one year. If you plan to screen a film for a class, you may wish to check with the Media Department to confirm that the film will still be under license on the date needed.

The Russell Library Remembers Lonnie King

Submitted by Ashton Ellett on Tue, 03/05/2019

Photo of Lonnie King talking

Lonnie King, an Arlington, Georgia, native and co-founder of the Atlanta Student Movement died early this morning (Tuesday, March 5, 2019). He was 82 years old.

While a student at Morehouse College, King, along with other members of the Committee on the Appeal for Human Rights, penned "An Appeal for Human Rights," which rebuked Atlanta for failing to live up to its self-styled slogan as "The City Too Busy To Hate." King and company led marches, sit-in protests, and boycotts across Atlanta in the early 1960s in an effort to end segregation and improve the social and economic standing of African Americans in the city and across the state. Both Lonnie King and Dr. Martin Luther King (no relation) were among the dozens arrested at Rich's Department Store in October 1960 for staging a sit-in at the segregated Magnolia Restaurant in Rich's Department Store. Following a protracted, student-inspired boycott, Rich's began desegregating its facilities in late 1961.  

Lonnie King also participated in the first organizational meeting of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in May 1960 at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. That organization produced such prominent civil rights icons as Marion Berry, James Lawson, John Lewis, Charles McDew, and Diane Nash. King continued advocating for expanded civil and voting rights throughout his life.     

King sat down with Bob Short in 2009 to reflect on his experiences in and memories of the civil rights movement in Atlanta. That interview can be viewed at A full transcript of the interview may be viewed and downloaded at