Off Campus Services

Off campus students have access to most of the same instruction services that are available to on campus students.

  • Tutorials are available to cover some of the basic parts of the research process.
  • Subject Guides are provided to help students with more specific help with various subject areas as well as help with citation and plagiarism concerns
  • Chat Reference is available to all students during the library's hours of operation. This chat goes directly to a reference librarian.
  • Students can send a text message to the reference desk at (912) 226-2479
  • Librarians can also be contacted via email or telephone.

Online Library Catalog

The GIL system offers a web-based catalog, which gives library users electronic access to the SSU library materials catalog. Using GIL, library patrons can:

  • Find and read ebooks
  • Renew materials remotely
  • Check course reserves
  • View record for charged materials
  • Access the GALILEO password


GALILEO, a project funded by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, is a World Wide Web database, which offers access to over 200 databases, indexing thousands of periodicals and scholarly journals. Over 2000 of these journal titles are provided in full text. Other resources include encyclopedias, business directories, and government publications. GALILEO has both public and licensed databases. Access to the public databases is available to any user, but access to the licensed databases are limited to on campus use through authentication by machine IP, and off-campus use by password. Savannah State University students, faculty, and staff may obtain the password for off-campus access to GALILEO logging into their Library Account.

The following are steps required to get the password:

  1. Type your SSU identification number in the appropriate box.
  2. Enter your PIN and Last Name in the boxes provided. If you do not know your PIN, enter your barcode and last name, then click Get My PIN to have it emailed to your SSU email account.
  3. Click Logon to get to your account information.
  4. If this step fails, contact the Circulation Department to make sure you are in the library management system.
  5. The GALILEO Password will be listed on this page.

GALILEO passwords are changed every semester. According to the University System of Georgia, currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff should not supply their password to any other person. Passwords cannot be e-mailed to faculty, students, or library patrons by GALILEO. Passwords should not be posted on open web sites, printed in newsletters or postcards, or given out over the phone.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service through which a user can obtain materials (books, theses, journal articles), which are not owned by the Savannah State University Library. Asa H. Gordon Library offers the ILL service to all faculty, staff and students of the university. To find out more about ILL, click HERE to visit the Interlibrary Loan Libguide..

Course Reserves

Books and articles selected by faculty members from the library or from their personal collections can be placed on reserve. Although hard copies of reserve materials must be retrieved from the library's Circulation Desk, the library will offer electronic retrieval of reserve journal articles. Student will be able to read and/or print from the library catalog's reserve link.

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