Catalog Changes Coming in May

Along with other libraries in the University System of Georgia, Clayton State is in the final stages to implement a new Integrated Library System (ILS). An Integrated Library System is a fancy name for what we use to keep track of the items we own and who has them checked out. For patrons of our library, the most noticeable effects of this project will be a new interface to our catalog. On May 26th the CSU Catalog and GIL Express Catalog will be redirected to our new combined catalog interface.


Implementation updates:

  • Upon implementation, we are excited to announce that our patrons will be able to utilize their Loch ID (same credentials used on the SWAN) to manage their Library Account, GIL Express Requests, and a personalized search experience. Say good bye to your 5-digit PIN.
  • GIL Express will continue to operate, however, a short pause may occur in service. Interlibrary loan will continue to operate during any lapse in service. Please plan accordingly if you need resources from other libraries for your summer semester courses or research projects.
  • Training is currently in planning stages. We will share more information soon, but you can expect the training to begin in late April 2017.

Library staff recently attended a 3 day workshop to become more familiar with the new ILS and catalog interface. We continue testing workflow scenarios and data to insure this transition goes as smoothly as possible. However, with a project this big, issues will occur. Thank you for your patience as we work to improve our service to each of you.

To stay up-to-date on developments with this project, follow the Clayton State Library blog at:, and don’t hesitate to contact the Library with any questions or concerns:

HathiTrust links added to CSU Catalog

A clickable HathiTrust icon with a link to a HathiTrust version of a resource (when available) is now displaying in the CSU Catalog. This feature is also available in the GIL Express Catalog.

HathiTrust is a collaborative digital repository of scanned books and other digital materials available in full text. You have the ability to create a free guest “friend” account to make collections of books you have viewed and want to return to. You can also make your collection public, allowing others to share it.

Can I download a whole book?
Users affiliated with HathiTrust partner institutions are able to download full-PDFs of all public domain works, and works made available under Creative Commons licenses.

Clayton State University is not a partner institution; however, users can download single-page PDFs of all public domain works, full-PDFs of works made available under Creative Commons licenses, and full-PDFs of public domain works that are not subject to third-party agreements.