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Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL): Derrell C. Roberts Library

Library Account

How do I check out materials?

You must have your Roadrunner card to check out materials. Loan periods are until the end of the semester for faculty and students and you may have up to 25 items at a time checked out on your record.  (Note: Media materials (such as DVDs) check out for one week. Reference books and periodicals do not check out of the library)

Fines - Fines are charged on all circulating materials if they are not returned on time.  There is a one week grace period beyond the due date during which fines will not be charged.

Can I view my library account information online?

 You may access your library account via the online catalog to:

  •  view items checked out and renew materials online
  •  check on pending requests for GIL Express and Interlibrary Loan items
  •  get GALILEO passwords

From the Library Catalog, click on the "Sign in" link to access your account.

Course Reserves

Library staff are happy to place items on Course Reserve for your classes. We have created a guide that hopefully answers any questions that you have about types of items that may be placed on Course Reserve, how long they may remain on Course Reserve, and how and when to seek Copyright permission for Course Reserve placement. This guiding document has been written in anticipation of being able to support Course Reserves in electronic format and the guidelines and laws in place for their management. We have provided a Sample Permission Letter in this packet as well as an online request form for Course Reserve placement. There are links to helpful sites about Copyright and to the USG site regarding Copyright.

GIL Express and Interlibrary Loan

Who’s eligible for GIL Express?
Students, faculty, and staff in good standing are eligible for GIL Express. Patrons with overdue books or fines will not be able to request books through GIL Express

What materials can be borrowed through GIL Express?
Currently only books that circulate may be requested. For articles and materials not in the GIL Universal Catalog, contact the DSC Interlibrary Loan Office.

How do I request a book from another USG library and does it cost anything?
Search the GIL Universal catalog @ https://giluc.usg.edu for the book you need. When it’s on the screen, click on “GIL Express Request” and follow the directions on the screen. Borrowing a book and returning it promptly doesn’t cost anything, but there are other fines and fees.

How can I monitor the books I’ve requested and their due dates?
Patrons should check their GIL account often by clicking on “My Account” from the GIL Catalog home page https://gil.daltonstate.edu Your account shows requests that have been canceled, which items are in transit or available to be picked up, due dates, etc. You can renew your DSC and GIL Express books from this screen.

When will my book arrive?
Books should be received in 4-5 business days usually – 1-2 days in process and 3 days for shipment. If a book request can’t be filled, there will be a notice in your GIL Account, and some libraries will send an email to your DSC email account.

What’s the loan period for a GIL Express book?
The usual loan period is 28 days; two renewals are allowed. Some libraries require that all their books be returned at the end of each semester, so occasionally due dates may be less than 4 weeks.

Are there overdue fines for GIL Express books?
Currently overdue fines aren’t charged, but there is a replacement fee plus a $35 processing fee for lost books, damage fees, and recall fees for overdue items. Some libraries charge steep recall fees (several dollars per day) if they recall an overdue book for one of their patrons.

How am I notified when the materials are received?
You will receive an automated email to your college email account.

How do I pay for lost books or fines?
A GIL Express transaction is between you and the USG library that lent the book. Roberts Library can’t monitor your requests for you nor accept payment of fines. There is a list of USG library contacts at the Roberts Library Circulation Desk and in the ILL office (Library 103). Some libraries are set up to accept credit card payment over phone, but in other cases you may have to send a check.

Where do I return GIL Express books?
GIL Express books can be returned to any University System of Georgia Library. Your account will be cleared when a book is discharged at any USG library.

My account is blocked, what does this mean?
Accounts are blocked for one overdue item or a $10 unpaid balance at any library in the University System of Georgia. To clear the block, the overdue book must be returned and discharged or the balance paid.

For more information, contact the DSC ILL office @ 706-272-2474 or ill@daltonstate.edu or visit Library 103.

Library Instruction Program

Roberts Library has a dedicated library instruction program whose mission is to promote information literacy by teaching students to use library resources and services effectively. The overall goals of the library instruction program are:

  • To help users develop the critical thinking skills necessary to retrieve and evaluate information resources.
  • To complement other classroom learning and enable students to identify information resources pertinent to their course work and research.
  • To teach concepts and processes of information retrieval.
  • To prepare users for effective life-long use of library and information resources. 

To learn more about the library instruction program, visit the LibGuide

Faculty members may arrange a library instruction session by contacting the reference/instructional librarian responsible for scheduling classes or by completing the online Library Instructional Request form 

Video Tutorial: Searching for books in the catalog

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