Are you a Distance Learner?
The distance learning community includes students taking classes online or at one of our off-campus locations, such as the Newnan Center. All distance education students are entitled to receive library support services from the Distance Learning Library Services Office.
A student who is enrolled in both a distance education and an on-campus class during any given semester may only receive this service for the online and off-campus classes.
Resources for Distance Learners
Distance Learning Resources
If you are outside of the library, you will need the current password to access the databases.
Access both the Galileo and UWG databases.
Registration and Current Class Information
Using other libraries
Need a book but don't come to campus? Here are your options:
Use another library within the University System
Possession of a current UWG ID is preferred, but with another acceptable picture ID (such as your driver's license), you can check out books at any other University System Library, as long as you have current status in our library user database. This means that you must be registered currently or employed by UWG and not owe any fines or fees from a previous semester. You can verify your status by logging into Your Account in our library catalog (for step-by-step instructions on how to do that, visit the My Accounts and Passwords page.
To view a map showing the names and locations of all the University System libraries from which you may borrow, click HERE.
Have books from other University System of Georgia libraries sent to a USG library near your home or workplace
Use an ARCHE card
The University of West Georgia is a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission on Higher Education, and you may be eligible to obtain an ARCHE card, which provides borrowing privileges at many private academic libraries in the Atlanta Metro Area. You may request a card by contacting our circulation desk or our interlibrary loan office.
Use Interlibrary Loan:
As a West Georgia student, faculty member or staff, you can also borrow materials from other libraries through our Interlibrary Loan office. First, determine that the UWG Library does not own the book or journal that you need, and then use ILLiad to place a request. Register here if you are a first time user. Journal articles are usually delivered electronically to your ILLiad account, and (if you are a distance education student) books/loans borrowed for you can be mailed to your home address upon request to the DLS office. A pre-paid return label is included with each loan.
Requesting Materials from Distance Learning Library Services
How to get what you need
If you need a book, you may place a request online to have a book sent to the University System of Georgia library closest to you for pickup. If pickup is not an option (the book is unavailable or you are unable to pick it up), please place a Distance Learning Library Services book request.
Books are mailed at no charge and include a postage paid return label.
Placing a GIL request for a University System book
Placing a Distance Learning Library Services book request
Please register for an ILLiad account. If we own the book that you need, please choose the "Request Items Owned by Ingram Library" book form. If we do not own the book, please choose the Interlibrary Loan “book request” form, and our interlibrary loan office will obtain the book from another library.
Placing a Distance Learning Library Services article request
Please register for an ILLiad account. If we own the journal that you need, please choose "Request Items Owned by Ingram Library" article form. If we do not own the journal, please choose the Interlibrary Loan "article request" form, and our interlibrary loan office will obtain the article from another library.
Contact / Questions
If you have any questions about setting up an account, choosing a request type, or any other concerns, please contact the Distance Learning Library Services office.
Resource Sharing Specialist
ILL & Distance Learning Library Services Manager
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