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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!

Off-Campus Access

Off-Campus Access?

Your ISUCard serves as a photo ID and doubles as your ISU Library card for borrowing library materials and accessing online materials when you're off campus. 

To login from off-campus: Research anytime, anywhere! When you're off campus and attempt to access one of our subscription / paywalled resources, you will be prompted to login using the last 11 digits of the number on your ISUCard, and a Library password you set for this purpose.

DL Students: You may not have a physical ISUCard, but you do have an ISU University ID number (shown above). If you misplaced the number you were sent by Registrar staff, you can login to AccessPlus and verify your University ID number there. Use the last 11 digits of that number (meaning, the 9 digit University ID plus the following 2-digit Security Code) as your Off-Campus (Borrower ID) login.


Welcome to ISU Library's Distance Learning Guide!
This guide will help you learn about the services and resources available to our distance learners.

For login information, see our Off-Campus Access info on this page!

5 Things you need to know....

Five things you need to know to successfully use the Library services and resources. Please note you need to use your ISU University ID number to access Library resources and services. (Can't find your University ID number? Login to AccessPlus and verify your University ID number there.  Use the last 11 digits of that number (the 9 digit University ID piece plus the following 2-digit Security Code) as your Borrower ID login!)

1. ISU Library Homepage has many online resources and services available for you to use, regardless of where you’re located. Books and other materials can be sent to you through Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery services.

2. Learn! You've told us you want library instruction videos & more information on how to find articles. You'll find that here plus other learning materials throughout this Guide. Keep letting us know more topics you'd like us to cover!

3. Library Guides – can help you get started with research. The Guides also identify the subject expert librarian for your subject area, along with her or his contact information.

4. Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery – if you need library materials (books, articles, etc.), you can request these be sent to you via the online Request Form. You'll need your ISU Net-ID to login. You may receive some materials (such as scanned articles) within 24 hours!

5. Ask Us! – Use our handy Ask Us! service whenever you have a question about finding information, doing research, or whenever you need help using the Library.

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Spring 2018:

Visit our Library Workshops Guide for information about our workshop series!  Includes dates & registration info for current workshops, and links to recordings of selected past workshops.