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Distance Students

Library services for those who are enrolled but do not attend classes on campus

Who Qualifies as a Distance Student?

  • To qualify as a distance student you must be currently enrolled in an UMSL credit, fee-based distance education class and you do not also attend classes on the UMSL north or south campus. Each semester your status will be verified.
  • University of Missouri - St. Louis Ph.D. students, who are continuing to work on their dissertations after leaving the St. Louis area, may inquire as to their eligibility for Library distance services by contacting Andrew Stout in the Interlibrary Loan department at (314) 516-5082.

Distance education courses include:

  • UMSL online programs and courses, such as the online MBA, Nursing and Education classes
  • UMSL Interactive Video (ITV) video conference classes attended at a remote site
  • UMSL Off-campus classes are offered at community colleges, hospitals, school districts, and other work sites (e.g. University of Missouri - St. Louis outreach education centers, such as the Mineral Area, Jefferson and St. Charles centers, etc.)

Getting Books and Articles

Getting Articles:

  • For information on how to find journal articles consult the Finding Articles with the UMSL Libraries interactive tutorial.
  • Distance Students may request an article that is available in one of the UMSL Libraries’ print journals via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
    REMEMBER when filling in your "User Information" to choose Status - Distance Ed.
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Getting Books:

For Information on how to order a book from any MOBIUS library for pickup at any other MOBIUS library consult the Tutorials page.

Distance students, with prior permission, may choose to have their books shipped.

  1. ILL will ship books via FedEx and expects you to return them to the UMSL Libraries via FedEx, UPS or another carrier that provides tracking and insurance for the item(s); (you are responsible for the item if it is lost in shipping).
  2. ILL does not fill requests for textbooks.

For more information about Interlibrary Loan, please call (314) 516-5082 or visit their web page.  If you have questions concerning Interlibrary Loan eligibility or services, contact Andrew Stout at (314) 516-5082.