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Mission Statement

The James Earl Carter Library is committed to supporting the University's mission to serve a diverse population of students, offering a range of strong undergraduate and graduate programs in a vibrant learning environment. In keeping with this mission, the Library provides convenient and effective access to quality library services and collections and information in a variety of formats. The Library supports excellence in learning and teaching that encourages intellectual, personal, and social growth for students, faculty, staff, and the community.


Circulation Borrowing

Currently enrolled GSW students, faculty and staff receive borrowing privileges with a GSW ID card.  GSW Alumni also have borrowing privileges.  The Library has a cooperative agreement with Lake Blackshear Regional Library and the Library at South Georgia Technical College.  Patrons of these libraries should ask for a Cooperative Agreement Form from their library and bring the form to the GSW Library.  Borrowing privileges can then be established.

Reserve materials are located at the Circulation Desk and must be used in the library. Generally, the time period is for 2 hours. Overnight checkout of reserve materials may be allowed at closing time and they are due by opening time the following day.  Faculty may set up reserves for a longer time period if desired.

Reference materials and Periodicals are for in-library use only.  The majority of Government Documents may circulate and special arrangements may be made for Government Document material designed as non-circulating.

Books may be renewed at the Circulation Desk, online, or by e-mail.  To renew online, you need to have your GSW ID number.  Once you have logged in, you should see all the materials you have checked out. Place a check mark in the box beside the book(s) that you would like to renew and click the Renew button. If your books have been successfully renewed, you will see the new due date.  To renew by e-mail, send a message to including the titles and barcodes of the books along with your name and student number.  You will be notified by e-mail that your Renewal Request has been received and processed.

Circulation Time:

General Materials: 28 Days
Audio-Visual Materials: Overnight
Reserve Materials: 2 Hours In-Library Use Only
Popular DVDs 7 Days
Flip Video Camera 3 Days
Interlibrary Loans: Dependent upon lending library

Overdue and Lost Item Charges:

General Books: $.25 per Day
Reserve Materials: $.25 per Hour
Popular DVDs: $.50 per Day
Flip Video Camera $10.00 per Day
Lost or Severely Damaged Materials: Replacement Cost of the Material + $20.00 Processing Fee. ($20.00 fee refundable if material found and returned)
Interlibrary Loans: Flat fee of $25 for books returned 14 days past due date.

Computer Lab Hours and Policy

The Library has 30 computer workstations, whiteboard, instructional workstation, and LCD projection system. It can comfortably seat an additional 10 people. To schedule a class or training session, please contact Kay Bell at 229-931-2259. Requests can also be submitted via the Library Instruction link on the Library Services page. When not reserved for classroom use, the Computer Lab's hours of operation are:

Monday - Thursday 9:15 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday 10:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday 5:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Computer Lab Use Policy

Harold Issacs Global South Studies Collection

The Harold Isaacs Global South Studies Collection, located on the second floor of the James E. Carter Library, includes books and periodicals focusing on Global South Studies as well as documents and records relating to the Association of Global South Studies. As a resource for scholars, students, and faculty, The Global South Studies Collection is an important contributor to knowledge, scholarship and research. The collection is open to all researchers and is available during Library operating hours.


This unique collection was donated in April 2001 by Dr. Harold Isaacs, GSW Professor Emeritus of History. The collection, a valuable resource for students and scholars interested in the Global South, includes books, periodicals, newspapers, and newsletters covering a variety of issues and seminars. These include the Third World in Perspective Program Seminar Series, Association of Third World Studies, and Journal of Third World Studies/Journal of Global South Studies (JGSS). The seminars and journal were created and developed by Dr. Isaacs with the support and assistance of scholars from around the globe.

The section on the Third World in Perspective Program Seminar Series contains letters, brochures, and newspaper accounts related to the almost 150 seminars held since 1981. The ATWS materials include information on the founding and history of the organization, key members, annual meetings, newsletters, awards, website information, elections, and United Nations consultative status. The Journal of Third World Studies/Journal of Global South Studies section features the editor and associate editors, publicity on published issues, reviews of manuscript submissions, and title pages and table of contents of each issue. The collection is cataloged in Gil-Find.


Course Offerings/Sequence

Course(s) Offered
Each course links to a description of that course.

Course Sequence Spring 2021

Course Name Date/Time Slot
LIBR 1101-Foundations of Information Literacy Online 
LIBR 1101-Foundations of Information Literacy TR 11:00-11:50
LIBR3202 - Information Literacy for the Healthcare Provider Online


Course Sequence Spring 2022

LIBR1101-Foundations of Information Literacy TBA                                                            
LIBR1101-Foundations of Information Literacy Online
LIBR3202 - Information Literacy for the Healthcare Provider Online



This schedule shows a list of planned courses and as such is subject to change.  At its sole discretion, the University may revise this schedule and any information contained herein, without advance notice.  No contract, either expressly or implied, is created by this schedule.

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