Distance Learners

Options for Borrowing Materials

GIL Express

GIL Express is a service by which you can request regularly circulating books from any University System of Georgia (USG) library and have them sent to you for pickup at the nearest USG library.

GSU Books by Mail

Books by Mail is a service for currently enrolled GSU Atlanta Campus students who are not taking classes at the Atlanta Campus. Students enrolled at GSU Perimeter College are not eligible for the Books by Mail service. Regularly circulating University Library books located at the Atlanta Campus will be delivered to your home address. Materials housed at the Law Library or Perimeter College campuses are ineligible for this program.

To request books:

Step 1
An account in the ILLiad system is required for books by mail service. If you do not already have an ILLiad account, login with your Campus ID and password and complete a new user registration form.

Step 2
Registration is also required with the Interlibrary Loan office each semester. To register for the semester, send an email message from your GSU email account to Include the following information in the message:

  • Your Campus ID
  • Your complete home mailing address
  • Your academic department
  • Your student status (undergraduate or graduate)

Registration messages from email addresses not ending in cannot be accepted. You will receive a confirmation email, usually within one business day.

Step 3
After registration, requests are placed through your regular ILLiad account. Please note: only regularly circulating books from the University Library Atlanta campus can be shipped to your home. Please check for availability.

Requested books are delivered to your home address via UPS, with a UPS return label and a list of UPS return locations near you.

Books can also be returned to any University System of Georgia library.

Books are checked out to your GIL account on the day they are shipped. The original due date is six weeks from the date of shipment for undergraduates, or the end of the current semester for graduate students.

Two online renewals are available through your GIL account for books not requested by another patron.

There is no charge for this service, but regular recall and overdue policies and fine rates apply. Books returned via UPS should be received at GSU by their due dates to avoid an overdue status. Books returned to another University System of Georgia library are removed from your GIL record on the date of return.

For questions about registering for the service, the status of requests, or UPS tracking, please contact us at or 404-413-2790.

For questions about due dates, renewals, recalls, and other circulation policies, contact the User Services & Technology Support Department at or 404-413-2820.