GALILEO stands for GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online, an initiative of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. GALILEO is an online library portal to authoritative, subscription-only information that isn’t available through free search engines or Web directories. Participating institutions may access over 100 databases indexing thousands of periodicals and scholarly journals. Over 10,000 journal titles are provided in full-text. Other resources include encyclopedias, business directories, and government publications.
The community of more than 2000 GALILEO institutions includes the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia, K-12 schools, public libraries, and a group of private academic colleges and universities and private K-12 schools. At this time, only educational institutions are eligible to participate in GALILEO. Through collaboration and resource sharing, GALILEO seeks to provide equal access to information for all Georgia citizens.
While GALILEO, Georgia's Virtual Library, was the first initiative, the Board of Regents also provides centralized library management services to the USG Libraries. This is called GALILEO Interconnected Libraries (GIL). A union catalog, universal borrrowing (GIL Express), and courier services are also provided.
The Digital Library of Georgia, an initiative of GALILEO, based at the University of Georgia, is a gateway to Georgia’s history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources.
GALILEO also offers a consortial institutional repository program, the GALILEO Knowledge Repository, and oversees the Affordable Learning Georgia program.