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Distance Learners: Overview

This guide outlines library services and resources for distance learners at the University of Northern Iowa.

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Distance Learners

Contact Information

Toll-free number: 866/207-9410

Local number: 319/273-2838

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Overview of Library Services

Library services for distance learners include reference help, access to licensed library resources, and some extra document delivery services.

See the box in the right column for more information on the extra document delivery services for distance learners.

All enrolled students have remote access into Rod Library's licensed resources many of which contain some full text information (e.g., full text of articles, full text statistical information, or photographs).

All students can receive help with getting started in their research. Students may schedule a library consultation on specific research topics.

Guided Independent Study (GIS) students also receive these services. UNI has several international programs. Rod Library provides a variety of services to international students.


Extra Document Delivery Services

Rod Library provides extra document delivery services to UNI distance learners. Library staff can check out and send books to students. Students can request books not owned by Rod Library using interlibrary loan.  

In addition, Rod Library can attempt to obtain articles requested by a distance learner. If Rod Library owns the article, staff will scan and email the article. If Rod Library does not own the article, staff will attempt to get the article from another library. 

Click here to submit your article and book requests via ILLiad. ILLiad is our document delivery system. After you log in using your University CatID, you will be able to submit, view, and track your requests more efficiently.

See the sections/tabs on Books and Articles for additional information.