Services for Distance Education Students

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Distance learners are eligible to have library materials shipped to them. The library pays for outgoing shipping; you are responsible for the cost of return shipping.

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To qualify for Distance Education Services, you must:

  • Be a currently enrolled UMD student
  • Live more than 50 miles from UMD 

Using the Service

First, complete our Distance Education Patron Registration form to sign up for distance education services. A Circulation staff member will confirm your eligibility via email. When filling out the form, provide a street address for shipping (we cannot ship to P.O. boxes), and include your UMD email address.

Next, check the library catalog to determine whether the materials you need are owned by a University of Minnesota system library. If not, request the items through interlibrary loan.

Requesting Materials from a University of Minnesota Library

Search the library catalog (MNCAT Discovery Duluth) for the item you need.

Complete the Distance Education Request form.

You will receive requested materials within 5 to 7 business days. Shipped materials are subject to all library borrowing policies.

Requesting Materials from Non-University of Minnesota Libraries

Complete an interlibrary loan request. When filling out the form, choose "UMD Distance Learner" under Status.

Log in with your Internet ID and password.

Distance Education Services Contacts

Shipped materials: Paul Hanson | 218-726-6566 |  
Research help: Research & Learning | 218-726-8161 |

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