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Resources for Online Learners

As an online distance learner, you have the same access and library privileges as an on-the-ground student, as well as some special services.

Book Delivery Service

Book Delivery Service

We will mail books to your home or office address. Books usually arrive in 2-3 days.

Book Delivery from DePaul Libraries

If you need help requesting books from DePaul, watch our WorldCat Local: Requesting To Have Books Sent Between Campuses video.

  1. From the Library home page, search WorldCat Local for your book. Be sure to put the book title in quotation marks
  2. Once you've identified a title, click into it; select Request.
  3. You will be prompted to sign into your account. Note that if you do not have an account, you will need to create one.  Watch our Creating Your Library Account video for help with this process.
  4. Select Distance Learning as your pick up location.

Book Delivery from Other Libraries (I-Share)

If you need help requesting books, watch our WorldCat Local: Requesting Books From I-Share video.
  1. Search WorldCat Local  for your book. 
  2. Once you've identified a title, click into it. 
  3. Click Request From I-Share.
  4. You'll be asked to sign in with your library account information. 
  5. When requesting, select "Distance Learning" as your pickup location.

Receiving & Returning Materials

  • Books are shipped via FedEx*
  • Arrive in 2-3 days
  • Keep books for 4 weeks, with option to renew
  • To return books, a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope will be sent with the book for convenient return
*If you are using a P.O. box address, books will be shipped via USPS.

Research Help

Research Help

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Using Other Libraries

Using Other Libraries

I-Share Partner Libraries in Illinois

Search the I-Share catalog ​to determine if one of our 80 + academic partner libraries​ owns a book. DePaul affiliates can borrow books in-​person at these institutions by presenting a DePaul ID Card. Distance students living outside the Chicago area can request to have an ID mailed to them.  More information is available on the DePaul ID Card Overview page.

Local Libraries Near You

You can search WorldCat.org to determine which library closest to you owns a book.​ Not all institutions are required to be open to the public or provide borrowing privileges. 
  • ​​Public Universities & Community Colleges 
    Public universities are required to allow public access to their library facilities and must provide borrowing privileges.
  • Private Universities
     Private universities may or may not allow the general public to use their library facilities.  In addition, you most likely will not be able to borrow materials from these libraries unless you are a member of a friends program.
  • Public Libraries
    Public libraries may also be a useful resource.  However, note that with a few exceptions, most public libraries are focused on serving the public and may not have the extensive research materials provided by university libraries. 


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