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A guide to borrowing materials through GIL Express and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for Savannah State faculty, staff, and students

Interlibrary Loan Services


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Savannah State University will deliver instruction online as mandated by the University System of Georgia.

Please note the following:

  • GIL Express operations for all USG libraries are suspended until further notice.
  • We will not borrow or lend returnable items, i.e., books, DVDs, etc., via interlibrary loan during this time. 
  • We will process interlibrary loan requests for photocopies of ejournal articles, ebook chapters, etc. We will provide scans from print materials via interlibrary loan when possible.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact us via email @



Asa H. Gordon Library's Interlibrary Loan office offers the following services:

  • GIL Express:   A resource sharing initiative that allows current students, faculty, and staff access to all eligible circulating books at all University System of Georgia (USG) libraries via the GIL-Find catalog. The library user submits the request. The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) staff prepare GIL Express materials for pickup and also return items to the lending institutions.
  • Interlibrary Loan Borrowing:  Provide current students, faculty, and staff access to resources that are not available in Asa H. Gordon's collection or any USG Libraries, to support their educational and research needs from multi-type institutions across the country.
  • Interlibrary Loan Lending:  Provide materials from Asa H. Gordon Library's collection to other institutions across the country and articles internationally.  For more information see Interlibrary Loan Lending Procedures for Other Libraries.

What's the difference between GIL Express and Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

GIL Express and Interlibrary Loan are services provided to SSU faculty, staff and students that allow them to borrow library materials from other libraries.  

  • GIL Express allows patrons to request material in the GIL-Find catalog (a shared catalog of the USG libraries). It is a transaction between the patron and the USG library.  This service is always free.
  • Interlibrary Loan allows ILL staff to request materials for patrons from any participating U.S. library. It is a transaction between libraries. Generally, there is no charge for using the ILL service.  If there is a fee you will be contacted via email.

GIL Express

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GIL Express is an innovative resource sharing initiative that allows students, faculty, and staff access to all eligible circulating books at all USG libraries.  Patrons can order books, pickup from and return to Asa H. Gordon Library or any USG institution.  See Instructions for Submitting a GIL Express Request.  This service is always free.

Other types of resources, including journal articles or books not available in the USG system, may be obtained using the ILL service. 

Interlibrary Loan Borrowing

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The Interlibrary Loan Borrowing unit of the ILL office supports the educational and research needs of the Savannah State University students, faculty, and staff by obtaining materials that are not available in Asa H. Gordon Library or USG Libraries. 

Before submitting an ILL request for a book, check to make sure the it is not available through GIL Express. If Asa H Gordon Library or USG Libraries do not have what you need, submit a request via the appropriate ILL request form.

For instructions for submitting an ILL request and information about ILL, see Instructions for Submitting an Interlibrary Loan Request.