University Library

Library Access for Distance Students

Account Set Up

In order to access library databases or request books, you will need to activate your StarID.

Getting Articles

  1. Use your StarID and password to search for articles using LibSearch or another database listed on the Articles and Databases page.
  2. Download full text articles, if available.
  3. If an article is not owned by our library, submit an Interlibrary Loan form either through the database or from the Interlibrary Loan page. Please indicate that you are a distance learner in the “Notes” section of the form. SCSU students are not charged for this service.
  4. Watch for notification of electronic delivery in your email account.
  5. If the article cannot be delivered electronically, we will mail a photocopy to your home, free of charge.

Getting Books

  1. Search for print and electronic books from the Books and More page.
  2. To access eBooks, use your StarID and password.
  3. To request a book from the MnPALS catalog, click on the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) button at the top of the page.
    1. Use your StarID and password.
    2. Complete and submit the request form.
    3. Indicate that you are a distance learner in the “Notes” section of the form. SCSU students are not charged for this service.
  4. To request a book from the WorldCat catalog, click on the title of the book and then the FindIt! button.
    1. Click on the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) link.
    2. Enter your StarID and password.
    3. To have the book delivered to your home, you must indicate that you are a distance learner and would like delivery to your home in the "Notes" section of the ILL form.  The library will pay for the cost of one-way delivery to your home. You will be responsible only for the cost of mailing the book back to the library before the due date, using the pre-addressed return label that accompanies the book.

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