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GIL Express & Interlibrary Loan

A guide to borrowing materials from other institutions through GIL Express and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for Columbus State University students, faculty, and staff.

How to Submit a GIL Express Request

1) Navigate to the library's catalog page:

2) From the library's catalog page, log in by clicking "Sign in / Request Items" located in the top right corner of the page

3) Click on the applicable login status and enter your username and password

  • Students: Use your MyCSU credentials
  • Faculty/staff:
  • If you need assistance with logging into your account, please contact us here


4) Search for the resource you need in the CSU library catalog. If CSU does not have the book you need, or if the book is out on loan, etc., search the GIL Universal catalog to find USG libraries owning the title.

  • To access the GIL Universal catalog, click on the drop-down arrow next to "Columbus State University" and select "University System of Georgia."

5) When your search results display, click on "Find and Request" for the title you are interested in

6) Under the "How to Get It" section of the record for the item you are interested in, select an institution and click on "Available in Institution" to see if the item is "Available" or if there is "No available services for this Item."

7) Click on "Available" and the screen below will display.  To request an item click  Make sure the entered information such as pickup location and pickup institution is correct. When done hit 

8)  Once your request has been submitted a message will display letting you know your request was successfully placed.

9) Remember to sign out of your library account

You will receive an email once your requested item is ready for pickup. Please pick up the item at your earliest convenience.

  • Please note: books not picked up within ten days of delivery will be returned to the lending library

Check the Status of your GIL Express Request

How do I check the status of my GIL Express Request?

  • To access your library account click on Sign in/Request items on the CSU Library catalog page
  • Check the progress of your request through the "My Library Account" option. 
  • Click on the name of the university to the left of the screen to view titles requested or currently checked out.
  • Remember to SIGN OUT of your account once you are done.
  • When picking up your GIL Express item, ask for the book at the service desk on the first floor of the Main Library when you receive an email notification that your item has arrived.