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Distance Learning Library Support

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Off-campus access

Off-Campus Access?

Your ISUCard serves as a photo ID and doubles as your ISU Library card for borrowing library materials.  

To login from off-campus:
To access most library resources from off-campus, you can choose to log in with either your University Net-ID or your 11-digit University ID. We recommend using your Net-ID and ISU email password as ISU and the Library are moving toward Net-ID for everything.

NOTE: Your Net-ID is the portion of your ISU email address that appears before the @ symbol, as in:

In a few rare instances, you may be asked to login with the last 11 digits of your University ID and a Library password. If that happens, you can set your Library password here, and then use it immediately with the 11 digit login.

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Computer problems?

Can't get your Library login to work?

Contact the helpful staff at the Library's Circulation Desk! You can also phone them at 515 294-3961.

If you're trying to get into an article index or database but can't, please check the following:

Are you using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection to campus? If so, turn it off, as it causes your computer to bypass the library proxy server and send your own non-ISU-affiliated IP address to the vendor.

Can't see the Quick Search box? You may have a firewall blocking the port Quick Search uses. Call the ISU Solution Center at 515 294-4000 for help.

Can you access the journal you want but not a particular article? Please check the Library's Journals A-Z list. Search for the name of your journal (not the article) to find which years & issues the ISU Library actually owns of the journal you need.

Can't login? Don't know your ISUCard number? Please see our Off-Campus Access box, top left corner in this Guide!

For other problems, please contact 515 294-1564.

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