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Distance Learning Library Support

This guide supports ISU distance learning students & instructors to more easily access and use our Library materials and services!

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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) & Document Delivery

Need an article or book we don't own?

This speedy delivery service provides a handy way for ISU students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials we don't own, and to have these materials delivered to you. You can even request materials we DO own but you need to have delivered to you.

Use the ILLiad online form to request articles, books & other items be delivered to you. Use your ISUNetID (not Library Borrower ID & password) to login to the online request form!

Speedy Delivery

Using Quick Search to Find Books & More

Use Quick Search to find ISU Library books, ebooks, and many other types of materials (videos, print journals and ejournals, multimedia, articles, and much more) the ISU Library owns. Because Quick Search is so huge, here are a few tips for focusing your searches.

To find books:  Do a search in Quick Search. Next, use Tweak my results on the right of your search results page and choose Books, under Format Type.  Alternatively, use Quick Search's Advanced Search and choose Books & more with the Material Type drop-down menu.  

To find ebooks:  Follow the tip above for finding books, and then use Tweak my results to select Full Text Online, under Availability. Use your ebook's Online access link to open and read the book!

* Check the E-books at ISU Guide for helpful information about our many ebook collections!

You can also use Advanced Search's other drop-down menus for more control. For example, you can specify that your words appear in the title or author or subject areas, if that is helpful. You can also narrow or redirect your search results using the Tweak my results links that appear on the right of your search results page.


ISU Library doesn't have the book you need?

WorldCat - Use this to find books & more in libraries nearest to you. When you find an item and open its individual record, use the Enter your location box to type in your US zip code or your country. You'll see the name(s) of libraries nearest you that own the item.

Nothing nearby? Use ISU Library's ILL/Document Delivery to get your item delivered quick!

Google Books - You can also use Google Books to look for free online books or sale copies of e-books. Non-copyrighted materials are the obvious strength of their collections.

Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) - The ISU Library may have reciprocal borrowing agreements with other libraries near you, through our partnership with GWLA.

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