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Library Services For Distance Education

Library Services for Distance Education Students of Cincinnati Christian University

The CCU library is committed to providing resources to the institution’s distance education students comparable to those resources available to on-campus students.To take advantage of the resources, students must register with the library’s circulation desk. This can be done by e-mail ( or by phone (513-244-8435).

The library has a number of means to deliver information resources to distance education students. The CCU library:

…provides interlibrary loan and document delivery services to students who are not able to visit the campus library in person;

…provides access to a number of high-quality internet-accessible information resources that students can use nearly anywhere they have internet access;

…as a member of a number of cooperative organizations, it partners with other libraries throughout the U.S. to provides services and resources to CCU distance ed students;

…provides the opportunity for library staff and students to communicate electronically, so that students may receive reference and research assistance at a distance.

Below are some specific examples of the various ways the CCU library can provide library resources and services to distance education students:

1. The library has a number of electronic databases that are available to off-campus users regardless of their physical location. For a full list, see the library’s web site at: Electronic Databases. Many of these databases include full-text books and journal articles, as well as many full-text encyclopedias, dictionaries, and manuals. Access to the databases requires an identification number issued by the library. Access to these databases from off-campus requires registration with the library (see instructions listed at top of document.). For any needed assistance, please contact the library at:

2. The Library has a web site with information helpful to distance students, including tutorials and subject bibliographies, and other resources for reference and research. Please visit the library’s homepage at:

3. Students can take advantage of OCLC interlibrary loan services through their local public or academic libraries. As a member of OCLC, the CCU Library will cooperate with a student’s local library to provide books and other materials via its interlibrary loan service. For further information, visit the ILL page on the library’s web site: Interlibrary Loans. For assistance, email the library’s ILL department:

4. Students within the State of Ohio can also take advantage of OhioLINK’s interlibrary loan program. OhioLINK is a statewide consortium of academic libraries that facilitates the circulation of materials among its members. CCU students can search the OhioLINK central catalog online (, and they can request materials to be sent to a participating OhioLINK library near their home.

5. Students within the State of Ohio can use their CCU student ID card to access other OhioLINK libraries. With a valid ID card, students can check out books directly from OhioLINK libraries, as well as take advantage of other services those libraries provide. A list of OhioLINK member libraries can be found here:

6. CCU students (both inside and outside Ohio) can potentially use their CCU student ID card to access libraries in their area. With a valid ID card, students can check out books directly from these libraries, as well as take advantage of other services those libraries provide. Though policies may differ from one library to another, many local college, university and seminary libraries provide courtesy borrowing privileges to local patrons. Because the CCU library is a member of the American Theological Library Association as well as the Association of Christian Librarians, students of CCU may likely receive courtesy borrowing privileges from other ATLA and ACL member libraries. Furthermore, many public libraries have a number of electronic resources, as well as traditional resources that are available to their local patrons. (Contact your local public library for details.)

7. Whenever possible, the library will also mail books, articles, and other resources directly to distance education students. Students may arrange via phone or email to have items checked out to their name and sent directly to them. For assistance, please email

8. The library will attempt to assist students gain access to any reserve readings assigned for the course. Please contact the document delivery department

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