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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 70,000 printed books, held at the Floyd and Cartersville Campuses, and we provide access to more than 90,000 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. 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 over 100 print magazines, journals, and newspapers, held at the Rome and Cartersville 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 the Floyd and Cartersville campus libraries. Recent renovations to the Floyd Campus Library have provided students with four new group/private study rooms, a large, comfy quiet study area, a new computer classroom/lab, a high-tech conference room, and many additional enhancements.

Students on the Marietta campus will find an equally welcoming and helpful environment at the Southern Polytechnic State University Library, where a GHC librarian and the SPSU librarians are always ready to help. Students at the Douglasville and Paulding campuses will find a GHC librarian available on a regular schedule. Students at any location can get help through live chat and text messaging 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 2012-13 Highlights

  • Circulated 7,275 items during the year
  • Loaned 834 items to other libraries and received 465 (GIL Express & ILL) items from other libraries
  • Recorded approximately 173,107 visits to the campus libraries:
    • Rome 56,915
    • Cartersville 106,986
    • Paulding - 9,206
  • Library staff answered 9,435 questions.
  • Library staff taught 229 research training classes for 4,959 students.

LIBRARY COLLECTIONS HELD AT END OF YEAR

Fiscal Years

Category

2006-2007

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

Books - Volumes

75,431

78,975

80,013

82,654

71,330

72,717

- Titles

- eBooks

62,839

66,287

68,346

70,302

60,090

65,776

65,847

74,184

Serials - Current Subscriptions

249

248

248

248

109

71

- Unique Titles

249

248

248

248

143

120

Manuscripts/Archive - linear feet

22

22

22

22

70

70

Film Video - Units

2,125

2,130

2,135

2,137

1,676

937

- Titles

- Online

1,452

1,457

1,459

1,561

1,231

1,231

6,365

16,510

Databases - Units

182

183

200

208

334

336


LIBRARY SERVICES

Fiscal Year

Category

2006-2007

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

Circulation Transactions

6,426

6,845

7,898

7,799

7,141

7,979

Document loans to other libraries

Returnable

45

70

75

96

225

148

Non-returnable

13

26

22

32

11

13

Document loans from other libraries

Returnable

62

31

33

56

47

52

Non-returnable

38

47

88

69

52

24

Information services to groups

Presentations

100

156

176

194

199

287

People served

2,059

3,490

3,677

4,540

4,362

6,866

GIL Express Transactions

From other USG institutions

510

1,058

1,249

771

747

452

To other USG institutions

487

708

1,329

1505

774

820

Page last updated: December 20, 2013