Borrowing Materials

Borrowing Materials


Who can borrow?
  • Currently enrolled students from all GU schools living in the Springfield area
  • Resident faculty
  • Resident staff
  • Alumni living in the Springfield area
  • Students from Evangel University

*The general public is welcome to use library materials IN THE LIBRARY ONLY.

*We cannot do HOLD requests or send materials to students who live outside the Springfield area.

How many books (resources) may I borrow at one time?

There is no limit to the number of resources you may borrow.

How long may a book (resource) be borrowed?

You may borrow for a period of 1 month with an option to renew for another month if the resource has not been recalled by another user.

What happens if my books are overdue?

You will receive email notifications about your overdue books asking you to either request a renewal period or return the books to the GU Library as soon as possible.

Are fines charged for overdue materials?

No. We do not charge overdue fines. We just simply request that you return materials in a timely manner.

How many times may I renew?

You may renew up to 2 times (for a total of 3 months) unless the resource has been recalled by another user

For how long can I be guaranteed a recalled resource?
  • If another user has recalled the resource, it is due at the end of the initial borrowing period.
  • If it is recalled during a renewal period, it is due upon demand.
Will I be charged for damaged, lost, or non-returned materials?

Yes. Users will be expected to reimburse to the Library the replacement cost for damaged, lost, or non-returned materials.

Can I borrow books and journal articles through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

Yes. The Global University Library has a cooperative borrowing agreement with the other colleges and universities and can borrow circulating materials from these libraries on behalf of in-house faculty and staff only. When possible, every attempt will be made to secure circulating resources through an ILL program from other regional library organizations.

Electronic Databases

Only GU faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in at least one course may access licensed databases. You must log in with either your student or faculty ID numbers and passwords to be authenticated for access to these resources.

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