Access, Borrowing, & Privileges

  • I'm not affiliated with the university. May I use the library?

    The library is open to the general public. Visitors not affiliated with the university are free to consult materials while in the library. You must have borrower's privileges to check material out.  Computer users not registered at VSU are encouraged to save documents on flash drives, CDRs & CDRWs, or send via email attachments to the user's personal email account.
  • I'm not affiliated with the university. May I get a library card and charge materials out?

    Local residents who are not affiliated with VSU and have research needs that cannot be met by the public library, may apply for a community borrower's card.
  • How many books can I check out?

    There is no set limit on the number of materials which may be checked out by currently enrolled fee paid VSU students and currently employed staff and faculty.  There are established limits for others.  Community borrowers are limited to 10 total items.  Retired faculty and staff are limited to 25 total items.
  • What is the loan period for circulating items?

    All materials on the third floor have a 28-day charge-out period for students, staff, community borrowers, retirees, and dependents. Faculty have academic-year borrowing privileges on third-floor material. Browsing books, housed on the second floor, have a 14-day charge-out period for all borrowers.

    Reserve items have circulation periods varying from one hour within building use to seven days.

  • How can I renew books that I have checked out?

    Most items can be renewed as long as the title has not been requested by another user. Online renewal is available from the Library's website underneath the left red 'Main Menu' select My Library Account and log into the Renewals Online & Due Dates account.  You may also visit either of the Library's Circulation desks on 1st or 2nd floors or telephone (229) 333-5869.  You will be asked to provide your VSU 1Card or VSU Institutional ID number.
  • Can I check out video?

    The library has an extensive collection of videos. Videos located on the third floor and in the second floor Instructional and Fine Arts Materials Collections circulate 28 days, similar to the books. The feature films on "Course Reserves" intended for in-building viewing circulate for only four hours.
  • May I check-out periodicals?

    Normal library practice is that periodicals and journals do not circulate outside of the building. However with the material in hand, users may visit the 2nd floor Circulation desk staff and explain why an exception should because of a specific need or situation.
  • May I check-out headphones?

    Headphones are available for checkout at the Circulation desks by VSU students, staff, and faculty (including South Georgia College Entry Program students). Library users NOT eligible for headphone checkout include GHP students, community borrowers (including alumni), and Valdosta Technical College students.
  • There is a problem with my GIL or GIL UC library catalog account. What do I do?

    Contact the Circulation Desk (229-333-5869) for help with GIL or GIL UC library catalog accounts, such as removing holds and blocks from your account, paying fines, or renewing items.