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At Syracuse University Libraries, we recognize that distance education and off-campus Ph.D. students may need to access library services in a different manner than traditional on-campus students. The information below outlines the policies and services we provide specifically for students enrolled in distance education programs.

The following policies refer to items borrowed from Syracuse University Libraries. Borrowing privileges at the Syracuse University College of Law Library, the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, and F. Franklin Moon Library (ESF) will differ. Please refer to these libraries for their borrowing privileges.

Borrowing Books

If you live more than 30 miles from campus, we will mail items to your home. Use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan system to borrow library material and request delivery. Please indicate that you are a distance student in the Notes box. Interlibrary Loan books from other libraries cannot be mailed. Library items may be renewed online.

You are responsible for books checked out to you until they are checked in again at the Libraries. To return an item, use the prepaid return label and box in which the item was originally sent.

Access to Journal Articles

Full text journal articles and e-journals in the Libraries' collection are available to off-campus library users. More information can be found on the Working Off Campus page. To access articles that are not available online, request the item through the Illiad Interlibrary Loan system.

Access to Other Libraries

Locating nearby library services can be instrumental to your success as a distance education student. Some Library programs provide students and faculty with access to other institutions/libraries.

More Resources

Libraries’ Public Workstations information about the Libraries’ workstations, availability, and software

For more information see our Resources for Online & Distance Students guide.


If you have any further questions about these services, please email