- Required books can be purchased through local bookstores. Articles and book chapters are often posted on Moodle. Course packets of articles are sometimes arranged by professors. Professors will provide pertinent information. Also see Obtaining Books and Articles under Frequently Asked Questions.
- Some of the books and articles that you need may be available electronically. This can easily be determined from information in
the record in the database which you are searching or from records in the online catalog of the LSU Libraries.
Full text journal articles in databases include links to the full text in the record. Full text books or journals in the LSU Libraries
online catalog are designated by
Available Online and include a hot link in the record.
- Search the online catalog of the site library where you are
receiving instruction. See links to the online catalog through LOUIS. If not found
- Search the online catalog of the LSU Libraries. If found, note
whether electronic access is available. If only available in print
format, complete the special form provided
(not the ILL form) the material will be sent to you. See
additional information below. If not found;
- Search Ingenta (a document delivery service)
for availability. Click here for more information about Ingenta.
(Note: When setting up an Ingenta account, type your TigerCard number in the
box to the right of the line beginning
New faculty . . . ; Do not
Sign Up. If LSU Libraries owns any issues of a journal,
you will not be able to order through Ingenta. Articles must be faxed
directly to the student.) If not available through Ingenta;
- Request through Interlibrary Loan at the site library where
you are receiving instruction. You will be required to show your
LALINC card (DE student should be checked) and a picture ID.
- Out-of-state students should request ILL services at the nearest public library.
- You may also request journal articles (not books) through LSU
Libraries Interlibrary Borrowing
Accessing Services at a Site Library
Services to distance education students vary by library since each site library has policies and procedures unique to their clientele. However, the following information should be helpful:
- When requesting assistance, always identify yourself as an LSU distance education student.
- When Interlibrary Loan services are needed from the site library, ask for directions for submitting a request.
- Many electronic databases are shared by LOUIS libraries, so reference librarians at site libraries can give advice on how to use the shared databases.
- Staff at the site libraries are extremely supportive of the LSU distance education program, but this is a specialized service so some staff might not be familiar with the program . If necessary, ask if anyone else might have additional information.
Requesting Books and Articles Owned by LSU Libraries
- Complete and submit the Electronic Request Form. All required information must be provided.
- Only five document delivery requests will be processed per
person per day for books and/or articles. This allows us to quickly
serve the needs of a greater number of DE students.
- Whenever possible, articles will be scanned and e-mailed
- Books are checked out to students at the time that the request
is filled. Be aware of due dates and return books so that they
will be received by the LSU Libraries by that date. You might want to renew books online at the time that you return them to the site library.
- If a book that is needed is checked out to another patron,
- Place a hold on the book.
- Complete the Materials Request Form AFTER notification that the book is available.
- Type the title of the book in the appropriate box.
- Add (Book on hold for me) immediately after the title.
- You may also add "Book on hold for me" in the Comments box if you wish.
- This will enable library staff to quickly pull the book from the Hold shelf and send it to you without additional searching.
- Usually it takes two to three days for requested materials to
arrive at the site library. The time of day that the request is
received and the distance of the site library are determining
factors. Materials are sent to the site library by the LANTER
- When delivery of materials to a receiving site or nearby library
served by the LANTER service is not possible, 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. Note: books will be mailed to out-of-state students at the mailing address on the form.
Overview of the Process
- The DE Student e-mails a request to Middleton Library using
the special form provided (not
the ILL form).
- Library staff retrieves the book or journal volume or scans the journal article as appropriate.
- LSU Libraries Circulation Department checks the book out to
the LSU DE student and e-mails the student when the material has been sent.
- The book or copy of the article is sent to the receiving site
library using the LANTER delivery service.
- The DE student picks up the material at the receiving library
(either the Circulation Desk or ILL depending on the library) after
showing a picture ID. (The receiving library does not keep checkout
- The student returns the book to the site library; the receiving
library returns the book to the LSU Libraries via LANTER. Copies
of journal articles do not need to be returned. Books must reach
LSU Libraries by the due date. Renew the title online if you are
unsure whether the material will arrive at the LSU Libraries before
the due date.
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