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User Eligibility
GIAL Library cards are available to all GIAL faculty and students, members of GIAL's family of entities, and International Linguistics Center employees and volunteers. Click here for Library card application.
Anyone is welcome to use the library for reference work. 

Is it possible to borrow GIAL materials if I don't have a GIAL card?

Try using an Inter-Library Loan (ILL) request through your local public or university library.

I am located outside the United States. Can you ship me materials?

The GIAL Library will ship original materials within the U.S.A. and Canada to GIAL card holders. If copyright allows, we are willing to make photocopies and mail them anywhere (10 cents per page plus shipping costs). If you obtain publisher's permission, we can scan items to transmit them to you electronically. (See Services to Distant Users.)

Cooperative agreements are in effect with some local institutions through the TexShare Card Program.

What is the TexShare Card Program?

The TexShare Card Program is a reciprocal borrowing program which allows registered users of participating TexShare libraries to obtain a separate TexShare card that may be used to borrow materials directly from other participating libraries. You must obtain a TexShare card from your home institution before going to other libraries. Home libraries will require an applicant for a TexShare Card to be in good standing at the home library, and to have demonstrated compliance with the home library’s borrowing policies.

The Southwest Area Theological Library Association (SWATLA) Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement allows students, faculty and staff from SWATLA member institutions to borrow GIAL library materials. SWATLA members are requested to present a TexShare card from the borrower institution and a valid university ID card to obtain a GIAL library card.


GIAL Cardholders wanting a TexShare Card

GIAL Library card holders wishing to obtain TexShare cards may apply at the circulation desk. You may view a list of participating libraries from which you may borrow at http://www.texshare.edu/generalinfo/about/programs.html

TexShare Borrowers Coming to GIAL Library

Who is eligible?

Any patron from a TexShare member library may obtain a GIAL library card. A TexShare card from the borrower institution and a valid ID are required at the time of application. GIAL library cards will be issued for the term of the TexShare card (no more than 6 months).

Loan Periods

TexShare patrons may borrow up to 5 circulating items for a period of 3 weeks. Items marked as Reference, Journals, Book-Local, and some other categories are non-circulating. Borrowers may renew items twice if there are no holds or recalls on them. Renewals may be requested by phoning (972) 708-7416 by e-mailing library@gial.edu or in person.

Borrowers' Responsibilities

Borrowers accept responsibility for all book or non-book materials borrowed on their GIAL card and agree to pay any applicable fines or fees for lost, damaged or overdue library materials. It is the borrowers' responsibility to notify the GIAL Library of changes in address or e-mail and to report if their GIAL card is lost or stolen.

Fines

Each item overdue is charged 25 cents/day.

Blocking Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing privileges will be blocked if:
  • limit is reached of allowable items borrowed
  • overdue fines are owed
  • card is expired
  • card is reported lost or stolen
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