The Derrell C. Roberts Library http://www.daltonstate.edu/library provides extensive collection of resources and services. The 57,700 square foot facility houses approximately 137,000 volumes, 386 current periodical subscriptions, 10,000 media items, 59,000 e-books, and a federal government documents repository. The floor plan and the Library Virtual Tour are available at http://libguides.daltonstate.edu/virtualtour.

Locate books, periodicals, government documents, e-books, and media using the GIL-Library Catalog  http://gil.daltonstate.edu. Use the GIL Universal Catalog https://giluc.usg.edu/ to locate materials owned by other USG libraries to request interlibrary loan or GIL Express borrowing. Another online tool, Library Guides, will help find library materials or assistance in specific areas such as Social Work or MLA Style.

In the east wing of the Library is the Circulation Desk, the public computer area, and the Reference section. To your left as you enter the main entrance, the Circulation Desk is where staff will gladly assist you with items that instructors place on Course Reserve, using the photocopiers, picking up print jobs, and checking out library materials. With a current driver’s license, DSC students can checkout wireless laptops and use them throughout the building. Past the Circulation Desk are 39 public workstations for both students and the community. To the left of the computer area are the Reference shelves and the periodical shelves. Our Reference Collection contains general and subject dictionaries and encyclopedias, almanacs, directories, statistical resources, and multi-volume criticism sets.

In the west wing of the Library is the Reference Desk, Government Documents, the Learning Commons, and the Student Technology Help Desk. The Reference Desk is where you can get answers to questions about course assignments or personal research. Reference staff are ready to teach you the best search techniques and how to evaluate the many resources that are available. If interested, faculty can request library instruction classes tailored to course assignments either in person or via the web page http://www.daltonstate.edu/library/forms.html. Our library instruction classroom is located near the Reference Desk and is equipped with wireless laptops. The Government Documents area is also near the Reference Desk. As a selective federal documents repository, the Roberts Library holds numerous authoritative studies and informational documents published by various federal agencies. Many of these documents are linked to the federal agency site through GIL LibraryCatalog.

An open computer lab (for students only) with 48 workstations is located in the Learning Commons. A current validated DSC student ID is required to use the Learning Commons. All the workstations offer access to the GALILEO (Georgia Library Learning Online) a virtual library of 200+ full-text databases with over 27,000 full-text periodicals, subject indexes and directories, online reference materials, and Georgia documents and historical papers. GALILEO is Georgia’s statewide library consortium and provides students and faculty with online resources. These resources are available from the Library’s GALILEO page http://www.galileo.usg.edu. Students and faculty may access these resources on campus without a password. All students and faculty, including distance learners, can access these same resources by going to the Library’s main page and clicking Off-Campus Access and entering your DSConnect username and password.

Also located in the Learning Commons is the Student Technology Helpdesk. The Student Technology Helpdesk is a service provided by the Roberts Library staff to assist students both on and off-campus with computer-related issues.  The purpose of the Helpdesk is to provide students with training and assistance in the use of technology.  Contact the Helpdesk in person, by phone (706-272-4543), by email at askalibrarian@daltonstate.edu, by texting (706-225-8927), or by clicking on the ASK US button on the Library home page. Round out your tour of the first floor by having a snack in the Wireless Lounge (next to the Learning Commons), which is outfitted with vending machines and comfortable seating.

The second floor is accessible with an elevator and stairwell to your right as you come in the main entrance. All circulating books and media items are located upstairs as well as the media viewing area and ten group study rooms. Group study rooms are reserved for groups of two or more and are primarily for student use. Rooms are available first come, first served. Students who need adaptive technology can get access to the Adaptive Technology Lab, which is also on the second floor. Please check with the Disability Support Services for more information about using this lab. The second floor is a designated quiet study floor and offers many quiet coves and comfortable seating, including glider rockers that overlook walking paths and woodland views.

In addition to using the Roberts Library facilities, DSC distance learning students may find it more convenient to make use of local public libraries and other college libraries. Agreements are in place with Catoosa, Pickens, and Gilmer public libraries to assist currently enrolled DSC students who live in their service areas. In addition, the Dalton Public Library will circulate materials to students with a current validated I.D. Roberts Library also has agreements with Georgia Highlands College and Georgia Northwestern Technical College. The staff at these public and college libraries have agreed to help DSC students and to refer them to staff at the Roberts Library if necessary. All electronic resources are available to all students regardless of their location. Get off-campus access information from the link Off-Campus Access on the Library home page and by entering your DSConnect username and password http://transcoder.daltonstate.edu:2048/login?url=http://www.galileo.usg.edu. Distance learners can call for information 706-272-4527 or send us a question via the Ask Us button on the Library web page. We are here to help with your needs and questions.

The Roberts Library building is open over 65 hours a week during the semesters and Library resources are available 24/7 via the Library’s web site, http://www.daltonstate.edu/library. Library hours, including changes in the schedule for summer, holidays and intercessions, can be found at https://gil.daltonstate.edu/calreq.php.

The usual semester hours are:

Day Time
Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Roberts Library staff encourages you to take full advantage of the resources and services that the Library has to offer. We look forward to seeing and hearing from every student. Suggestions and questions are welcome either in person, by e-mail, or in our Suggestion Box, which is located in the Learning Commons. Make the Library a regular part of your college experience to insure your academic success.


The Dalton State Office of Alumni Relations serves as the connection between 10,000 alumni and the college. The alumni office is assisted by a 15-member Alumni Advisory Council that provides support for communications such as the biannual Dalton State magazine for alumni and friends, a quarterly e-mail newsletter, and reunions and other programs to engage Dalton State alumni throughout the year. Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 706-272-2473 or alumni@daltonstate.edu or http://www.daltonstate.edu/alumni-and-friends/index.html.