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Distance Student Library Guide: Online Library Resources


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The help you need, where you need it

Use the drop-down menu options from the Online Library Resources tab above to find information for:

  • using Summon, the library's search engine
  • accessing help guides, full-text articles, online eBooks, government documents, and streaming media
  • finding online textbooks
  • using virtual study rooms
  • DIY research map

Access Library Resources

If you are a Distance Student* and you:

  • live near either the Huntington campus library or the South Charleston campus library, then you can have MU Library books put on hold at a campus location and you will be notified when they are ready to be picked up.
    • If you have never requested a book to be put on hold before, simply email or call 304-696-2321
    • For online resources, you can access them for free via Summon and/or our databases, just like on-campus students. If you're unsure how to do this, or if you need to request an online item via Interlibrary loan, visit our Ask a Librarian page for assistance.
  • do not live near a Marshall campus library, we can mail books owned by MU Libraries (i.e., not books received via interlibrary loan from another library) to distance student homes. Contact our Information Delivery Services office for instructions:
    • If you need a book that MU Libraries does not own, or that we do not have online access to, contact your local public library to explore their options. 
    • For online resources, you can access them for free via Summon and/or our databases, just like on-campus studentsIf you're unsure how to do this, or if you need to request an online item via Interlibrary loan, visit our Ask a Librarian page for assistance. 

Get Extra Help

We understand that being off-campus comes with an added level of difficulty.

Here are some helpful resources:

Access Online Resources

When accessing online library resources from off-campus, you will see this remote login form when you click on a link to an article or article database:













Problems logging in?

Distance Student - Definition

*Distance Student as defined by the Marshall University Libraries is any student who:

  • is enrolled in classes that do not meet on the Huntington campus. For example:
    • classes held off-campus at MOVC, Teays Valley, Logan, Williamson, Gilbert, or other sites.
    • dual enrollment and military programs
    • Blackboard courses
  • AND is not a student on the South Charleston campus.

MU Library Doesn't Have What You're Looking For?

You've got options!

  1. Remember to always check with your local public or library to see if they have the item. If they don't, they may have an interlibrary loan service where they will request it from a partner library for you. 
  2. Do you live far away, but need an item from an MU Library that can be scanned and emailed? (For example, a journal article, a book chapter, a newspaper or magazine article, etc.) Then you can request it via MU Library's Interlibrary loan. (Please note that copyright restrictions may apply to some items.)


Please Note

Online students can only request items from a Marshall library, not another university library (that is, from  EZBorrow or Interlibrary Loan) to be mailed to their homes. 

But, if you are within driving distance of either the Huntington or South Charleston campus, you can request physical materials (books, DVDs, music scores) via EZBorrow or Interlibrary Loan and pick them up on campus.