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The librarians and staff of Lane Library are eager to work with you. As a faculty member, your teaching and research needs determine many of Lane Library's offerings. Additionally, faculty enthusiasm and support for the library helps to drive student use of the books, journals, and other scholarly resources that the library provides.

Please take time to acquaint yourself with the Lane Library's main page, and always feel free to visit your library. Our staff is proud of its tradition of friendly and competent service aimed at supporting your work. The welcome mat is always out.

See Lane Library's policies and each library department's page for detailed information about services, personnel, procedures, and frequently asked questions. In addition, the Armstrong Faculty Handbook provides a brief overview of Library policies.

Online Databases in the Library

GILFind (Lane Library Catalog)

GILFind is Lane Library's online catalog of books and media. GILFind is an extension of the GALILEO initiative (see below) funded by the Governor of Georgia and the General Assembly to enhance educational opportunities for Georgians. GILFind is accessible from the link on Lane Library's home page. No password is required to search GILFind, but by signing in with an Armstrong username and password, library users can place requests, renew books, and retrieve the GALILEO password.

GIL Universal Catalog

As of May 26, 2017, there is no longer a standalone GIL Universal Catalog. The ability to search all USG libraries simultaneously is built in to GILFind. If you need books not available in Lane Library's collections, you can change the GILFind search scope from Armstrong State University to University System of Georgia in the drop-down menu next to the search box. If you find books that you want, you can request them from the owning library. The requested books are sent to Lane Library or to another USG library, where the requestor can pick them up. This service is available to all Armstrong faculty, staff, and students. The loan period is 28 days in most instances, with two renewals allowed if nobody else has requested the book(s). Some institutions limit the number of books they will loan concurrently to an individual.


GALILEO is a statewide initiative to improve information access for the people of Georgia through their college, university, school, and public libraries. GALILEO leads to authoritative information from scholarly and commercial publishers, resources often not available through standard "web surfing." Its 100 plus databases provide access to thousands of periodicals and scholarly journals. Over 10,000 journal titles are provided in full-text. Other GALILEO resources include encyclopedias, business directories, and government publications. Faculty may access GALILEO on campus from their offices or from more than 90 computers within the Library. Off-campus access is available to Armstrong-affiliated users via password. Armstrong faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students may display this semester's GALILEO password by clicking on the "Access my GIL account" link in GIL or the "My Acount" link in GILFind. If you have difficulty obtaining the password, call the Reference Department at (912) 344-3026.

Additional Databases

Databases in addition to those in GALILEO (e.g. JSTOR, PsycArticles, Web of Science) are described in and accessible from the Library's Additional Databases page.

Lane Library's Journals and Newspapers

To determine if a particular journal is available (either in print or electronically) at Lane Library, search the Journal Locator. Keep in mind that GALILEO and other electronic databases regularly change their journal offerings, so the Journal Locator listings may not reflect recent changes. Another source for locating journal issues is available in GIL-Find through the Find e-Journals link. If you have any questions about available journals and periodicals, please call the Reference Department at (912) 344-3026 or contact us through Ask A Librarian.

Current Issues

Most current issues of paper periodicals and current & recent back issues of newspapers are shelved in the Current Periodicals Reading Room near the Circulation Desk.

Back Issues

Most back issues of journals and magazines are bound and shelved on the second floor in the periodicals area and the compact stacks. Arrangement is by Library of Congress classification number. Lane Library also maintains a collection of historic Georgia newspapers on microfilm.

Lane Library's Book Collection

Circulating Books

The Library's books, selected to support the University's curriculum, are arranged by Library of Congress classification numbers and cataloged in GIL and GILFind. Most of the circulating books are on the second floor. The circulating collection includes children's books in a separate juvenile collection. Popular Reading books are displayed on three sets of bookshelves as you enter the main library. Newly-acquired books are displayed nearby.

Government Documents

Lane Library is not a Federal Depository Library and has no separate Government Documents collection. A small number of Federal and Georgia government documents are cataloged and shelved with the regular book and journal collections. For patrons needing access to a larger document collection, Henderson Library at Georgia Southern University is a selective Federal Depository Library. Many government publications are now available electronically; consult the Government Documents subject guide or a reference librarian for more information on possible electronic access to government documents.

Electronic Books

Lane Library offers access to "e-books," books published in electronic rather than print form, covering a wide variety of subjects. GILFind and GIL include entries for all the e-books available through Lane Library. Although these e-books were originally designed to be read on a computer connected to the World Wide Web, many can now be downloaded temporarily and read off-line or transferred to a portable device. The typical "loan period" for a downloaded e-book is seven days. Mobile devices compatible with these e-books inlcude the iPad and Barnes & Noble's Nook. A full list of compatible devices is available. (Currently the Kindle reader is not compatible.) Armstrong has two sources of e-books, and both have browsable catalogs: eBooks at EBSCOHost (GALILEO password required for off-campus access) and ebrary (Active Directory ID and password for off-campus access).

Lane Library's Media Collection

Located on the first floor of the Library in Media Services, the collection includes interactive multimedia, educational media, audio recordings, and feature films. Physical formats available include VHS video, DVD, DVD-ROM, CD-ROM, music CD, audiocassettes, and slides. The hardware collection includes laptop computers (Windows), LCD projectors, and digital cameras and camcorders.

Lane Library's Microform Collection

The second floor contains two microform reader-printers and the microform collections. A microfilm viewer/scanner is available on the first floor near the reference desk. Major microform collections include:

Library of American Civilization (LAC), a microfiche collection of approximately 10,000 records, includes books, pamphlets, and periodicals relating to all aspects of American life from Columbus to the outbreak of World War I. The materials in LAC are not included in GIL; they are indexed in separate author, title, and subject volumes available in the Reference area.

Library of English Literature (LEL), a collection that reflects the rich heritage of the English literary tradition, includes works of all genres from Chaucer's time to World War I. First editions and early imprints are included, along with bibliographies, letters, biographies, historical accounts, and works of major and minor writers. The materials in LEL are not found in GIL; access is available through separately published author and title catalog volumes shelved in the Reference area.

Early British Periodicals Collection (EBP I & II) is a series comprising 168 periodical titles published primarily in the 18th and 19th centuries. Literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts, and the social sciences are among the subjects covered in this collection.

ERIC Resources in Education is a massive, continuing collection of literature in education. This microfiche collection contains conference proceedings, research findings, project reports, and curriculum-oriented materials. For many years ERIC documents were made available to libraries in microfiche format, but in the last decade online distribution replaced microfiche. An active digitization program is converting microfiche into PDF files. Online ERIC documents, as well as an index to the entire collection, are available through ERIC at and through GALILEO at

The Times (London) (1785-1922), also known as The London Times. Palmer's Index to the Times (1790-1922) is located in the Reference area.

New York Times (1851-2007). Indexes to this microform collection are located in the Index shelves on the second floor.

American Periodicals, Series I includes serials published between 1741 and 1800.

Historic Savannah & Georgia Newspapers on microfilm. See the Newspaper List for holdings.

Historic South Carolina Newspapers on microfilm. See the Newspaper List for holdings.

Updated May 26, 2017