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Navigating UWG library resources and research

Borrow a book through GIL Express

Often UWG Library does not have a book, but can borrow it from another USG Library through the service GIL Express. GIL Express is a service you have already paid for with your tuition and using it does not cost you any extra money. This is usually the case if you search for a book in the USG catalog and the book's record says "Check holdings." 

To request a book via GIL Express

  • Make sure your catalog search is set to the University System of Georgia catalog. (See the drop-down search menu.) 

  • After searching for the book title in the catalog, click "Check holdings."
  • Click the "Sign in" link (under "Get It"). Enter your UWG username and password.
  • Click the institution from which you wish to borrow and wait for a moment for more information to populate. Look for the "Request It" link.

  • Click the "Request It" link and place your request.

Resource Sharing

If no USG Libraries have the book, in most cases you can request it through Resource Sharing (also known as Interlibrary Loan or ILL). Please note that Resource Sharing cannot provide some items, including e-books, reference books, and special collections items.