Use GILFind / "Catalog" tab on the GSU Library's homepage to find books in the GSU Library and at University System of Georgia libraries.
GILFind includes books and materials from ALL of the GSU campuses: Atlanta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, and Alpharetta. Use the "Place Request" link in the book's record to request a book from a GSU campus other than your own. GILFind also lists other materials in the library - including microfilm, dissertations, movies, music and special collections.
New! GILFind now also lets you search all of the University System of Georgia library holdings at once. Just select "University System of Georgia" instead of "Georgia State University" in Simple Search, or in the "Search Scope" dropdown in Advanced Search.
To request a book from a GSU library:
To request a book from any other USG campus via GIL Express: (click here for list of USG campuses)
You can also go to any GSU or USG Library and check out books in person using your Panthercard.
A keyword search is a good place to start if you are looking for information on a topic. If you have more specific information, you can also search by title, subject or author.
Books in libraries are assigned one or more subject headings. These are standardized terms that ensure books on the same topic can be found even if the keywords are different.
You can search GIL-Find (or any college/university library catalog!) using these headings, using the Subject Heading or Subject search option.
When you find a good book, look at its subject headings in the catalog record. Follow these to list other items on that topic. Or, use the subject heading terms in a new keyword search.
Examples might be:
And so on...
Use Boolean searching (AND, OR, NOT) to expand or narrow your searches.
When you find a relevant item, click on the record and look for subject terms. Clicking on a subject term will bring up other related items.
Try your keywords and subject terms in other databases, and see what you find!
If GSU's library doesn't have what you need, you have, don't give up. There are several options to get the book you want:
Universal Catalog - includes all Georgia public colleges and universities. To see information about participating USG schools, click here. Request books through GIL Express, or use your Panther Card to check out books at USG schools.
**You are allowed to check out 20 books maximum from a given USG library.**
Meaning, you can have 20 books checked out from UGA, 20 from Valdosta State, etc.
This includes both books checked out via GIL Express or directly from the library.
Emory - you can also borrow materials at Emory with your Panther Card
Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library Catalog - GSU students & faculty may obtain library cards from the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library, then borrow materials.
Use Interlibrary Loan to request books you find in the following catalogs
(or any other library catalog):