Visitors

Welcome to Odum Library of Valdosta State University.  This guide is intended for visitors who are not affiliated with Valdosta State University, but who wish to make use of the Library’s collections and/or facilities. Visitors are welcome to use the Library's collections for research and study purposes. These materials include collections housed in Library stacks; government documents; reference collections; current periodicals and newspapers, except those held on reserve; and microform collections. Unless they are registered as community borrowers, visitors may only use Library resources in-house. GALILEO and the Depository collections of U.S. government publications, and assistance in using them, are freely available to all visitors. With the exception of the U.S. Government Documents depository collections, the Library may at times give priority in service to University-affiliated users, and may limit visitors' access to selected facilities, collections, and services. 

Building Access

Individuals

Access to the Odum Library is granted to any person age 16 or older. Per University policy, visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Odum Library is primarily for use by students, faculty, staff and other members of the Valdosta State University community. Researchers and scholars not affiliated with Valdosta State University, however, may utilize the library's collections under the guidelines set forth below and shall follow the acceptable use guidelines.

A valid VSU 1 Card will be required for access after 10:00 PM. This means between the hours of 10:00 PM and 8:00 AM Sunday through Friday morning, visitors will not have access to the library.

Visitors from Other University System of Georgia Academic Institutions 

You are welcome to use the library and may check out materials through GIL Express.  Computer workstation access is available upon request.

Groups

Group tours of the Library and instructional sessions are available for schools and community groups. Tours must be arranged in advance by contacting Howard Carrier, Library Instruction Coordinator, by email or phone at 229-245-3744. The Library schedules such tours and sessions during times that do not conflict with campus academic needs.

Borrowing Materials

Visitors who are interested in borrowing books may apply for community borrowers card. Due to licensing agreements, the acquisition of a community borrowing card does not include access to electronic resources such as online indexes, e-journals, and e-books.

Computing

Visitors are allowed to use the library's community access workstations. These computers are available on the 2nd floor, outside of room 2609 near the Circulation desk. From these stations, the public can access the library's catalogs and the Internet. Visitors may access some subscription databases and electronic journals provided through the GALILEO consortium using the community access workstations in Odum Library. Valdosta State University's wireless network (Hallnet) is restricted to current Valdosta State University students, faculty, and staff, and requires authentication.

Services Not Available to Visitors

The following services are not available to Library visitors:

  • Interlibrary loan (ILLiad)
  • Course reserve materials
  • Most workstations and computer software
  • Data restricted by licensing agreements
  • Recall of materials checked out by others
  • Media Center use

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