Georgia Highlands College

About the Library

The Georgia Highlands College Libraries support the College's mission of teaching, research, and service, and provide access to resources in all formats in order to meet the curricular and intellectual needs of the Georgia Highlands College community.


Our Vision:

  • Treat every library patron with courtesy, dignity, and respect.

  • Provide the best possible library resources and services for students, faculty, staff, and the community.

  • Do our utmost to meet the research and information needs of every library patron.

In order to better meet the needs of our six GHC locations, our libraries have made many changes in recent years. Our Georgia Highlands College Libraries have more than 77,000 printed books, held at the Floyd and Cartersville Campuses, and we provide access to more than 85,000 online books that are available from any location with internet access. Through the statewide GIL Express system, our students can request almost any book held by any library in the University System of Georgia. Through InterLibrary Loan, our libraries can usually enable students to borrow books from almost any library in the world.

Other new services include access to online video databases such as Films on Demand and Theatre in Video, which provide access to over 30,000 high-quality academic videos online. These databases allow faculty and students to access videos online from any location, rather than attempting to shuffle DVDs and VHSs among multiple campus locations.

Our libraries have subscriptions to numerous print magazines, journals, and newspapers, held at the Floyd, Cartersville, and Paulding Campuses. Through GALILEO, our campuses can access nearly 37,000 additional magazine, journal, and newspaper titles. If an article is not available in our print collections or in GALILEO, our students can use InterLibrary Loan to request a copy of the article from another library.

Students will find a welcoming and helpful atmosphere at all GHC campus libraries. At the Rome, Cartersville, and Paulding Campuses, students have access to group and private study rooms, quiet study areas, high-tech conference rooms, abundant computer resources, and many additional features to enhance their learning experience. Students at the Douglasville campus will have a new library as of the Fall 2014 semester. Students on the Marietta campus will find an equally welcoming and helpful environment at the Southern Polytechnic State University Library, where librarians from both GHC and SPSU are always ready to help.

Students at any location can get help through live chat, text messaging, and social media by visiting http://ask.highlands.edu.

As teaching libraries, our librarians provide assignment-related instruction sessions in classes across the curriculum, with the goal of encouraging our students to be independent researchers and lifelong learners.

Fiscal Year 2013-14 Highlights

  • Circulated 21,643 items during the year
  • Loaned 719 items to other libraries and received 431 (GIL Express & ILL) items from other libraries
  • Recorded approximately 186,156 visits to the campus libraries:
    • Rome 53,505
    • Cartersville 116,209
    • Paulding 16,442
  • Library faculty and staff answered 11,241 questions
  • Library faculty taught 227 research training classes for 4,938 students



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