Visitors are welcome at all UGA Libraries locations during daytime business hours. After 9 p.m., access to the Main Library and McBay Science Library is limited to the UGA community (faculty, staff, students) and students with a valid higher education ID. This policy applies to the Miller Learning Center after 10 p.m.


UGA graduates may request borrowing privileges with the UGA Libraries. Please visit the Alumni Borrowing web page or contact the Access Services Department at 706-542-3256 or email for more information on Alumni library privileges. 

Other Borrowers (non-UGA or University system affiliates, visitors)

Other Borrowers will need to apply for UGA Library privileges. Please see the link for details or contact the Access Services Department at 706-542-3256 or email for more information.

University System of Georgia affiliates (faculty, staff, and students)

Bring your University ID card to borrow from our collections. Students at USG or other higher education institutions may use their student ID to enter the Main and McBay Libraries after 9 p.m. or the Miller Learning Center after 10 p.m.

Online Resources and Computing

The UGA Libraries subscribe to hundreds of research databases, over 48,000 electronic journals, and approximately 400,000 full-text e-books, which visitors can access on campus.

Members of the general public may use public-access computing stations at the Main Library and Miller Learning Center (ask for login credentials at the security desk), as well as the McBay Science Library. Guest wireless on campus is available through the self-service UGA_Visitors_Wifi.


Research Help

Librarians are available to help you in person at each library, as well as by phone (706-542-3251), email, and chat.


The Main Library and the Hargrett Rare Books and Manuscripts Library contain genealogical materials. Ask for help at the reference desk in the Main Library, or in the Special Collections building.

Printing and Copying

Please see our Print, Scan and Copy page for detailed information about these services.

Libraries and Collections

Main Library

The Main Library holds materials relating to the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts. It also houses the Media Collection and Map & Government Information Library. Additionally, it is the home of the Digital Humanities Lab, the Digital Library of Georgia, the University of Georgia Press, and the Georgia Review.

McBay Science Library

Located in the heart of South Campus, the Shirley Mathis McBay Science Library houses materials related to the natural, physical, and life sciences, as well as medical and technical subjects. It is also home to the Makerspace, and the South Campus Writing Center and GradsWrite: Graduate Writing Center.

Miller Learning Center

The MLC is a collaborative effort of the University Libraries, Enterprise Information Technology Service (EITS) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The MLC offers beautiful study spaces including 96 group study rooms; hundreds of computers, printing, and tech lending (laptops, DSLR cameras, projectors, and more); great classrooms hosting courses from across the disciplines; and support for teaching and learning with full time computing, research and classroom support staff on hand. It's also home to Jittery Joe's for coffee and snacks and, during the fall and spring semesters, is open 24 hours.

Special Collections Libraries

The Richard B. Russell Jr. Special Collections Libraries Building houses:

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, including University Archives
The Richard B. Russell Jr. Library for Political Research and Studies
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.

Carnegie Library

The Carnegie Library Learning Center supports the UGA College of Public Health and Augusta University Medical College programs on the Health Sciences Campus.

Map & Government Information Library

The Map and Government Information Library (MAGIL) acquires, organizes and provides access to cartographic and government information. It is located in the sub-basement of the Main Library.

The UGA Libraries serves as Georgia's regional depository for documents published by the Federal government as well as the official depository for documents published by the State of Georgia. Its collections also include select international and United Nations documents. Cartographic resources include maps, aerial photography and remote sensed imagery, atlases, city directories, digital spatial data, and reference materials, with a particular emphasis on the State of Georgia. 

Curriculum Materials Library

The Curriculum Materials Library, located in room 207 of Aderhold Hall, is a cooperative effort between the UGA Libraries and the College of Education. It houses curriculum materials for grades K-12 and an impressive collection of juvenile literature. Other materials available include DVDs, flashcards, educational games, and more.

Additionally, the library offers full library services, including GIL Express and Repository pick-ups, faculty deliveries, and reference conferences on a by-appointment basis. 

Art Library at Lamar Dodd

The Art Library, a branch of UGA’s library system, serves the Lamar Dodd School of Art as well as the university and Athens community-at-large. It holds current art periodicals, the newest art book releases, course reserves, a reference section, a media collection and a zine library. Daily library deliveries allow patrons to request and return books from other libraries on campus including GIL express and ILL items. The Art Library maintains an image database that includes art historical images, student and faculty work, and installation views of Dodd Galleries exhibitions. The Art Library includes a group study room, a screening room, two public computers work stations and a flatbed scanner.

The Artist is Reading


Music Library

Since 1995 the Music Library, located in the School of Music, has operated as a branch collection of the Main Library, with its collection of materials developed by the Music Bibliographer following existing UGA Libraries policies. The Music Library contains a number of commonly used books, scores, pedagogical materials, and major curriculum series used in elementary and secondary school music programs, and also serves as the primary access point for music audio and video recordings, as well as all music course reserve materials. Music audio formats collected include LPs, CDs and audio cassettes, and video formats include VHS tapes, 12" Laserdiscs, and DVDs.