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Getting Started with Distance Library Services

Services for you

Portland State University Library is committed to providing equivalent access to all library services for distance learners, faculty and staff. This page provides information on special services for distance patrons. The video to the right walks you through using these services. You are eligible for distance services if you are a current PSU student, faculty or staff member living more than 30 miles from PSU campus.

The first time you use InterLibrary Loan, you can set your preferred loan delivery method to "Mail to Address" for home delivery, if you live more than 30 miles from campus. If you already have an account and need to change your delivery preference, please email ill@pdx.edu.

In addition to being eligible for special delivery services, distance learners are encouraged to take advantage of the Library's Online Reference Service and Research Guides. We welcome your suggestions!

 

What if you want a... Here's how to get it:
Book that is available at PSU Library

Click the green “Place Hold” button and select "Mail to home address" as your pickup location. You are responsible for return postage to return the book by mail, or you can drop it off at a nearby Summit library.

place hold button

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Go to a nearby Summit library if the book is available there.
Book that is checked out of PSU Library, or not owned by PSU, and available from a Summit library

Click the green "Request Summit Item" button. If you select PSU Library as your library when requesting an item, items will be delivered to Portland State Library's first floor Circulation Desk. To pick up materials from a different Summit library, present your PSU ID card at that location to be "adopted" as one of that library's patrons. Once adopted, select that library when requesting, and materials will be delivered to that location.

request summit item

OR

Go to a nearby Summit library if the book is available there.

OR

Fill in a blank ILLiad form to have the book sent to your home.

Book that is not available from PSU or Summit

Click the green “Request Item Through InterLibrary Loan” button to have the book mailed to you.

request through interlibrary loan

Article that is available online

Read it online.

Article that is available only in print or microform at PSU Library

Fill in a blank ILLiad form to have the article scanned and delivered via email.

Article that is not available at PSU library in any format

Click the green “Request Item Through InterLibrary Loan” box to have the article delivered via email.

no holdings found

Portion of a print reference work (encyclopedia article, dictionary entry, etc) Fill in a blank ILLiad form to have the section scanned and delivered via email.

 

How to get help:

Call the Circulation desk at 503.725.5874

Contact Interlibrary Loan at 503.725.3879 or ill@pdx.edu

Reference librarians are available by chat, email, or phone

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