The University Library supports the active teaching and learning process taking place on campus.

If you have questions or comments about the Library's policies, please contact Lydia Morrow Ruetten, Library Dean at 708.534.4110 or lruetten@govst.edu.

Find more FAQs and policies for library use by current students, staff and faculty in myGSU Library.

  • Who can use the library?

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    The University Library is open to the public. Children under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. The library's computers, books, journals, newspapers, government documents and databases are available to all on-site. From off-campus, everyone can search the Library Catalog; but only currently registered students, faculty and staff may access online journals and databases and utilize Library Catalog services. These catalog services include ordering books from other libraries and renewing borrowed items online.

  • Who can check out materials from the library?

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    Students of GSU
    with a current GSU student ID

    Faculty of GSU
    with a current GSU faculty ID

    Staff of GSU
    with a current GSU staff ID

    Students, Faculty, and Staff of Other Schools
    Students, faculty and staff of the I-Share Consortium and/or the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium may borrow books, government documents, audio books and maps with a current ID card from their institution.

    Alumni of GSU
    with an Alumni Premium Membership Card. This requires an annual donation of $50 or more to the GSU Foundation/Alumni Association. Alumni with Premium Membership may borrow books, government documents, audio books and maps.

    Friends of the GSU Library
    with a Friends of the GSU Library membership card. This requires an annual donation of $100.

    Note: If you are not a member of these groups, you may be able to request the Library's resources through interlibrary loan from your local public library.

  • How long can I borrow materials?

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    See our Library Loan Periods chart.

  • Does the library charge any fines or fees?

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    See our Library Billing Charges chart.

  • Where are the library's book drops located?

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    Inside next to the library entrance, outside the university's Main Entrance (D Building) and outside of C Building.

  • Where can I return books borrowed from another I-Share library?

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    You may return books borrowed through I-Share to any I-Share library. Please consult this listing and map of I-Share libraries.

  • Where are the restrooms?

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    The library has two sets of men's and women's restrooms. The restrooms located in the book stacks are wheelchair accessible, but the ones in the serials stacks are not. See Library Map.

  • Does the library have textbooks?

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    Collection Development Policy - Textbooks
    The library acquires textbooks only in the instances where they provide information not available in another appropriate format on a topic related to the information needs of our faculty and students. There is no attempt to provide a library copy of every text that happens to be in current use in the university.


    Revised 7/06/09

  • Can I bring food and drinks into the library?

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    Food and Drink in the Library Policy
    Food is not permitted in the public areas of the University Library without the written permission in advance of the Dean. Drinks in covered containers, such as a water bottle or traveler's mug, are allowed in the library, except at any computer workstation in the public area of the library. Failure to comply will result in immediate ejection from the library.


    3/2/09

  • Can I use my cell phone in the library?

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    Cell Phone Policy
    Library patrons are expected to be considerate of others, especially those who have come to use the library for research, homework and study. Whenever feasible, phones should be switched to vibrate upon entering the library. Any cell phone user talking so loudly as to be deemed disruptive or disturbing to other patrons may be asked to leave the library or to finish his/her conversation.


    Revised 7/09/12

  • What is considered inappropriate behavior in the library?

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    See the Library Code of Conduct for details.