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English 1101 & 1102 - Library Research & Resource Basics: Finding Books

Borrowing Library Items

From Georgia Tech

Your Buzzcard is your Library card. 

To check out items at the Georgia Tech Library, bring your Buzzcard to the Library Service Desk, located on the 1st floor West Wing of the Library.

Regular borrowing periods for undergraduates is 120 days.

You are guaranteed use of your books for 21 days. If your item is recalled by another patron, please return it to the Library Service Desk by the new recall due date to avoid fines.

Books received from the Library Service Center or through Interlibrary Loan may also be picked up at the Library Service Desk.

Visit the Student Borrowing Privileges page for more information about borrowing from the Georgia Tech Library.

From Other Libraries in Georgia

Items from other University System of Georgia (USG) Libraries and Emory's Main Library (Woodruff) may be borrowed in person at these libraries using your Buzzcard. Items borrowed from other schools should be directly returned to the lending library.

You may borrow items in person from other area university libraries including:

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Atlanta University Center
  • Brenau University
  • Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Emory University (branch libraries)
  • Mercer University (Atlanta Campus)
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Oglethorpe University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta

Before you visit one of these libraries to borrow items, you should visit the Library Service Desk at Georgia Tech to obtain an Inter Library User (ILU) card. Items checked out from these institutions should be returned directly to the institutions.

Visit the Borrowing Policies page for more information.

Books at the Georgia Tech Library

In order to search the library's holdings for books and other media, look in the Georgia Tech Library Catalog

Through the GT Library Catalog you can:

  • Find books, electronic books, movies, journals, microfilm, and more that are owned by the GT Library.
  • Log into your Georgia Tech Library Account to renew items, check your holdings, and more.
  • Look for extra information about holdings including Table of Contents and sometimes Google Book versions of texts!
  • Borrow books from the Emory Library Woodruff collection (choose "Emory Shared Collection" from the drop down menu in the search bar)

Where are the books?

Library Service Center General Collection (offsite shared storage with Emory Libraries)

  • Request using ‘get it’ feature through Library catalog
  • 24 hour turn around
  • You recieve an email when it arrives
  • Pick up at Library Public Services on Library 1st floor
  • 120 day loan period
  • Renewals through your online Library Account

Main Library Core Collection and Science Fiction Collection, 4th Floor

  • Available first-come-first serve
  • 120 day loan period
  • Renewals through your online Library Account

Course Reserves, 1st Floor

  • Available first-come-first serve
  • 2 hour loan period
  • Must remain in Library
  • No renewals

Books From Other Libraries

If you need a book that is not available from Georgia Tech you can use the Interlibrary Loan System ILLiad to make a request and have the item loaned from another library. 

The time it takes to obtain an Interlibrary Loan item varies, so make sure to make your request early!

Most items will be loaned for free. However, you will be contacted by Interlibrary Loan staff if the cost is higher than $25.00. At that point you can choose to pay the extra amount, or decline the item. 

For more information about Interlibrary Loan please see Borrowing from other Libraries and ILLiad FAQ

Humanities Liaison Librarian

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Marlee Givens