Welcome to Odum Library of Valdosta State University.  This guide is intended for visitors who are not affiliated with Valdosta State University, but who wish to make use of the Library’s collections and/or facilities. Visitors are welcome to use the Library's collections for research and study purposes. These materials include collections housed in Library stacks; government documents; reference collections; current periodicals and newspapers, except those held on reserve; and microform collections. Unless they are registered as community borrowers, visitors may only use Library resources in-house. Depository collections of U.S. government publications, and assistance in using them, are freely available to all visitors. With the exception of the U.S. Government Documents depository collections, the Library may at times give priority in service to University-affiliated users, and may limit visitors' access to selected facilities, collections, and services. 

Building Access


Access to the Odum Library is granted to any person age 16 or older. Per University policy, visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.

Odum Library is primarily for use by students, faculty, staff and other members of the Valdosta State University community. Researchers and scholars not affiliated with Valdosta State University, however, may utilize the library's collections under the guidelines set forth below and shall follow the acceptable use guidelines.

A valid VSU 1 Card will be required for access after 10:00 PM. This means between the hours of 10:00 PM and 2:00 AM Sunday through Friday morning, visitors will not have access to the library.

Visitors from Other University System of Georgia Academic Institutions 

You are welcome to use the library and may check out materials through GIL Express.

Borrowing Materials

Visitors who are interested in borrowing books may apply for community borrowers card. Due to licensing agreements, the acquisition of a community borrowing card does not include access to electronic resources such as online indexes, e-journals, and e-books.


Visitors are welcome to use the designated visitor computers located behind the Reference Desk area to access the library’s online catalog, GALILEO, Valdosta State University websites, and government websites. Valdosta State University's wireless network (VSU-WiFi) is restricted to current Valdosta State University students, faculty, and staff, and requires authentication.

Services Not Available to Visitors

The following services are not available to Library visitors:

  • Interlibrary loan (ILLiad)
  • Course reserve materials
  • Most workstations and computer software
  • Data restricted by licensing agreements
  • Recall of materials checked out by others
  • New Media Center use

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