Next time you are searching for a book, first go to GSW’s online catalog at http://gilfind.gsw.edu. If you don’t find what you need, use Gil Express from the Library Homepage. Gil Express allows you to borrow books from all the University System of Georgia Libraries.
GSW students, faculty or staff seeking books or articles not available at our library may request them from another library through interlibrary loan. Requests can be made through ILLiad.NOTE: Textbooks for currently offered GSW classes are not available through Interlibrary Loan.
Students will have 14 days past the due date to return their ILL materials. Any student who keeps a book for more than 14 days past the due date of the book will have a flat fee of $25.00 added to their record in the James Earl Carter Library's system. Students will need to have this fee cleared from their records before obtaining transcripts or graduating from GSW. For students who have asked for and received a renewal of their ILL materials, the overdue charge of $25.00 will apply if the materials are not returned within 14 days after the renewed due date. (Students must ask for a renewal BEFORE the due date.)
Cooperative Lending Agreement
The James Earl Carter Library has a cooperative lending agreement with Lake Blackshear Regional Library and South Georgia Technical College Library. The purpose of this agreement is to provide the citizens of Sumter, Crisp, Dooly, and Schley counties and the faculty, staff and students, including those enrolled in the institutions' distance learning programs, access to library information resources and services. Valid users associated with any of these institutions can establish borrowing privileges with either of the other institutions. Patrons must obtain a signed Cooperative Agreement Form from their Library and take the form to the institution(s) with whom they would like to establish borrowing privileges. Personal identification will be required. After establishing borrowing privileges, patrons will be subject to the policies of the lending library.
Photo Copy Machines
Coin-operated, self-service copy machines and microfiche/microfilm copiers are available on both floors of the library. Copies are $.10 per copy. All copy machines require dimes and change is available at the Circulation Desk.
Faculty may make specific materials available to their students by placing them on reserve at the Circulation Desk. Reserves are checked out for 2 hours and must be used in the Library. Some reserves may be checked out overnight or for 3-day or 1- week time periods at the faculty's discretion.
The Library has records, tapes, videos and filmstrips available for checkout. A Television/VCR, Audio Cassette Player and Headphones are also available for Library use. A viewing room is available. The Library also has Flip cameras to check out for a 3-day period. Patrons wishing to use this equipment should inquire at the Circulation Desk.
The ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) collection is the product of a nationwide information network that provided access to educational literature.
The microfiche containing documents which are part of the ERIC collection are housed in the ERIC/Newspaper Room on the first floor. Microfiche readers are also located in the ERIC/Newspaper Room. Microfiche copiers are located in the Copy Room and on the second floor.
Current newspapers are displayed on racks in the browsing area on the first floor. Most newspaper backfiles are kept for two months (plus the current month) in the ERIC/Newspaper Room. Complete backfiles for the New York Times and the Atlanta Constitution are available on microfilm.
The James Earl Carter Library of Georgia Southwestern State University was designated a selective Federal Depository Library in 1966. As such, the Library receives publications in hardcopy, microform, and electronic formats from most federal government agencies. The Library currently owns more than 300,000 government publications that have been selected to serve the information needs of the students and faculty of the University as well as the citizens of the second U.S. Congressional District of Georgia. The majority of government document materials are circulating and special arrangements may be made for those designated as non-circulating.
For further information on the Library's Government Documents Collection please follow follow this link: Government Info
Reference and Library Instruction
The James Earl Carter Library encourages University faculty and community school teachers to bring classes to the Library for library instruction and research guidance. Librarians will instruct and assist students, as groups and as individuals, in the use of library resources, GIL-Find and GALILEO, the Internet, and searching techniques and strategies.
The Library has an electronic classroom available for instruction:
- Located on the first floor of the James Earl Carter Library, and funded by student technology fees. There are 30 computers that are ADA compilant. The computers have USB, and DVD drives and are connected to the internet.
- Microsoft Office products are installed on all of the computers as well as Internet Explorer, and appropriate browser plug-ins. Please contact Administrative Computing about additional software availability and/or requirements.
- The classroom also has a WhiteBoard and an LCD ceiling-mounted projector system. In addition to the 30 computer stations, the room will seat an additional 10-15 people.
Requests for instruction of classes may be made by telephone.
Please call the library at 229-931-2259.
Requests may also be made by e-mail to:
Please include the following in your request:
- Faculty Name
- Telephone Number
- Department or School
- Course Name
- Class Size
- Date and Time requested
- Information about class assignment or project
The James Earl Carter Library makes all reasonable accommodations to serve our users with special needs. Our services include: wheelchair accessible restrooms, elevator, several computer stations, and public telephone. Handicapped Parking is available, as is automatic opening for the entrance and exit doors. The Library computer lab is equipped with an ADA Computer Workstation. Additionally, the Library has a workstation loaded with the Kurzweil 1000 and 3000 software. This workstation is also equipped with Intellikeys for users having difficulty using a traditional keyboard. We also have a small audio tape collection which may be checked out. Users who cannot easily retrieve materials from the stacks may call or e-mail ahead and request that these materials be held at the Circulation Desk for them.
Users with special needs may ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk or by calling 229-931-2266. Requests may also be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.