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Distance Learning Library Support

Supporting distance learning students and instructors


Welcome to a Library at Your Fingertips!

The ISU Library is committed to serving students, staff, and faculty and providing for their information needs. Whether you are a resident student, enrolled in a distance course, doing a study abroad, the ISU Library can provide the resources you need when you need them! This guide provides information about how material from the library can be accessed remotely.

Our goal is to provide you with Library resources and services when you need them, regardless of your location. Most of our Articles & Databases can be accessed remotely. Information about off-campus access is below.

In addition, the ISU Library's subject librarians create and update Library Guides in over 50 subjects to provide you with expert guidance no matter what you're studying. If you need help citing sources, learning about EndNote, or trying to evaluate a journal, we have guides to help!


Distance Access to Library Resources

To login from off-campus:
Off-campus login to My Library Card (My Account) and licensed materials can be two ways.

For both instances turn off your VPN connection if you are using one.

Net-ID Login

All users with an Iowa State University (ISU) Net-ID will use the Net-ID choice to sign into the library system. In all cases, users with a valid Net-ID will use it to log into library systems.

Net-ID login notes:

  • Your Net-ID is the portion of your ISU email address that appears before the @ symbol, as in:
  • If the user has already signed into OKTA, they may be automatically be routed to the library system or resource they are attempting to access without being asked to log in again.

OpenAthens Login

Users that do not have a Net-ID but who have an ISU OpenAthens account will use the OpenAthens choice to sign into the library system. The OpenAthens userid will be the email address on file for the user at the library.

After clicking on the OpenAthens choice shown in Figure 1 the user will see the screen shown in Figure 2. They will again select the OpenAthens choice. They will then see the screen shown in Figure 3. They will enter their OpenAthens userid (email address) and password in the area highlighted by the red box.

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

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