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Distance Learning

Human Sciences, Education, and Distance Learning Librarian

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Andrea Hebert

Getting Started

Who is eligible?

Students must be currently enrolled in an LSU Online class or only enrolled in classes that are listed as 100% web-based in the LSU schedule booklet. (Students in unique situations may qualify for distance services even though they are not in courses usually considered distance education courses. Examples are students living out of state while enrolled for dissertations hours. Please contact the distance learning librarian if you have questions.)

Faculty must be currently teaching or conducting research at a remote off-site location in Louisiana or designated as eligible for services by the distance learning librarian.

Faculty and students must have a MyLSU account.

Off-campus access

Current LSU students, faculty, and staff may access LSU Libraries' online resources from off campus. A patron who is off campus will directed to the MyLSU login screen before receiving access to restricted resources. Enter your myLSU ID and password. A few of the resources require special passwords. Details are given at the access point or see Library Resources on myLSU.

If you continue to have trouble accessing resources, please contact the Research Desk or the Distance Learning Librarian.

If you want to borrow a physical book that is held at Middleton Library, request the item through ILLiad.

Make sure that your ILLiad user information indicates your status as Distance Education or LSU Online.

If the books are available, they will be retrieved and checked out to the LSU Distance Education user, and the user will be sent a notification e-mail when the books have been sent.

Books owned by LSU Libraries will be sent directly to you at our cost. A return mailing label will be enclosed for your convenience, but you will be required to pay the return postage. Books must be returned by the due date. Renew the title online if you are unsure whether the materials will reach LSU Libraries by the due date.

If the book that is needed is checked out to another patron:

  1. Place a hold on the book.
  2. Complete ILLiad request after you receive notification that the book is available.

Interlibrary Loan Services will scan or borrow from another library articles and book chapters needed by LSU distance learning students and faculty. You will need to use your ILLiad account for this service. 

If you need a loan of books not owned at the LSU Libraries:

  • In-state students: request through interlibrary loan (ILL) at a LALINC library [you will be required to show your LALINC card (DE student should be checked) and a picture ID] or request ILL service at your nearest public library.
  • Out-of-state DE students: request ILL services at your nearest public library.

In-state Reciprocal Borrowing

LALINC is the Louisiana Academic Library Information Network Consortium. It enables students and faculty of Louisiana colleges and universities to borrow materials from member libraries.

Who is eligible

Each library determines its level of participation. LSU Libraries issues LALINC cards to LSU faculty and graduate students for use at other LALINC institutions. It honors cards from other institutions issued to faculty and graduate students, not staff or undergraduates.

To request a LALINC borrowing card

  1. The LSU DE student applies for a LALINC card using the online LALINC application form.
  2. The Middleton Circulation Department verifies that the student is registered for DE classes and prepares and mails the LALINC card to the DE student.
  3. The DE student presents the LALINC card at the circulation desk of the LALINC library that he or she wishes to use.
  4. Each LALINC library determines the local procedure for using the LALINC card, so each has a unique procedure for checking out materials. Some issue a temporary checkout card, valid for the semester, to the student. Some hold the LALINC card while reserve materials are being used. Students may use a LALINC card at any participating library, but must abide by the policies and procedures of each library.
  5. The level of LALINC library privileges is set by individual libraries, so privileges vary somewhat from library to library. Detailed information about LALINC privileges can be found on the LOUIS Web Page. Although interlibrary loan (ILL) privileges are not usually available to those using LALINC cards, they are available to DE students. If neither the site library nor the LSU Libraries owns needed material, the DE student can request it through ILL at the LALINC library.
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