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Community Users & Visitors


To support the information needs of community users of the Clayton State University Library, it is the policy of the Clayton State Library to make available certain library resources and services to community users.   

  • The following groups of users are eligible for a Community Borrowers Card:  

 Clayton State Affiliates  

Clayton State retirees, Alumni, Continuing Education  Students with current course receipt, and USG/eCore  students with proper school identification  

Non-affiliated users  

Adults who reside in Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dekalb, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnet, Henry, Newnan, and Rockdale counties  


  • Visitors above the age of 18 have the following privileges:  
      • Access to library spaces that do not require reservations.   
      • Use scanner with user-provided flash drive. 
      • Purchase a community printing card to print or make copies. 
      • Request reference assistance.   
      • Use library materials, including circulating, reference, legal, music, and microform collections in the library.  
  • Visitors with a Community Borrowers Card have the following additional privileges 
      • Borrow a maximum of five books for one 28-day loan period. Community borrowers are not eligible for loan renewals.  
      • Desktop computer access. Please note that computer access is not guaranteed as currently enrolled Clayton State students have priority reservation status.   
      • Access online databases through GALILEO while in the library.  
      • Clayton State retirees have additional privileges as outlined in the Borrowing Items policy. 
  • Retirees with emeritus status have the following additional privileges:
      • Remote access to online databases through GALILEO.
  • Special services are available to area high school students:
      • Access to library materials, reference assistance, InterLibrary Loan articles and desktop computers during a supervised class trip to the library.   
      • Access to library materials and reference assistance during a library visit while accompanied by an adult.   
      • Community printing card available for purchase to print or make copies.   
      • If an accompanying adult is a Community Borrowers Card holder, they may request computer access to share with a minor. The adult is responsible for all computer activity conducted by the minor.  
  • Community User Responsibilities
      • Users are responsible for the prompt return of library materials in good condition at the end of the loan period. 
      • Users may not lend their Borrower’s Card to others.  
      • Users cannot check out items if their account has been blocked due to overdue items.  
      • Users will permanently lose all library privileges after three attempts to collect overdue or lost items. 
      • Users will permanently lose all library privileges after three attempts to collect processing and/or lost item fees 
      • Users agree to abide by the Clayton State University Computer and Network Acceptable Usage Policy. 

Note: Every visitor applying for a community borrower’s card MUST complete the Community Borrowers application in its entirety including a valid email address that can receive automated emails from the library. Gmail addresses cannot be used at this time. Please use another email address or create a new one. USG/eCore students MUST use their home institution email address. 



Related Policies 

Borrowing Items Policy 

Computer and Network Acceptable Use Policy 

Library Fees Policy 


Effective Date: 9/1/2021
Review Date:12/1/2023