Services for Distance Learners


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The library provides the following services for UMD distance learners: 

  • Delivery of materials available from a University of Minnesota campus library
  • Delivery of interlibrary loan materials (borrowed from a non-UM library)
  • Research assistance

About the Delivery Service

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. Shipped materials are subject to all library borrowing policies.

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To qualify for the distance learner delivery service, you must:

  • Be a currently enrolled UMD student or a current employee and live more than 50 miles from UMD, or
  • Have a documented disability with UMD Disability Resources and need the academic accommodation of materials delivery

Using the Service

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

Next, search the library catalog (MNCAT Discovery Duluth) for the item you need. Complete the Materials Delivery Request form. You will receive an email about the status of your request within 3 to 5 business days. Requested materials will arrive within 5 to 7 business days.

If the material you need is not available at a University of Minnesota campus library, request it through interlibrary loan. When filling out the interlibrary loan form, choose "UMD Distance Learner" under Status.

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Distance Learner Services Contacts

Materials delivery: Paul Hanson | 218-726-6566 |  phanson@d.umn.edu   
Research help: Research & Learning | 218-726-8161 |  libaskus@d.umn.edu