Ask a Librarian

Requesting Materials

Many of the WVU Libraries resources are available electronically. However, if you would like a book, a DVD or other item, you can have it mailed to your home. You may also request items the library does not own. To do this, you will need to register with interlibrary loan as a distance learning user and request the item using ILLiad. Articles can also be requested and retrieved electronically through ILLiad.

To register as a Distance Learning user:

  • Select Distance Ed as your status
  • Choose Downtown Campus Library for the delivery location. You, however, do not need to pick up your loans.

Do I have to come to Morgantown?

No. Items will either be made available electronically through ILLiad or will be mailed to your home address.

Is there a limit to how many items I may request?

There is no limit to how many items may be requested each semester. However,only the first 10 books or dvds (WVU owned and ILL combined) will be sent to the patron at no charge. After 10 items, you will be responsible for paying postage to return them to the library. There is no limit to the number of journal articles that may be requested.

How long will I be able to keep the items I borrow?

Items borrowed from WVU's collection have the same loan period that on-campus users receive. Loan periods vary according to the status of the borrower, which library is loaning the book and what type of material is being loaned. Materials that do not circulate, such as Reference materials and rare books, cannot be borrowed by distance learning students. For complete information on borrowing policies, see Borrowing Services.

Can I renew my books?

Yes. To renew books borrowed from WVU, follow the renewal instructions for MountainLynx. Books that have been recalled may not be renewed. Renewals for books that were borrowed through Interlibrary Loan may be requested by email to the ILL Department, but the lending institution must approve all renewals so the process can take longer and renewals are never guaranteed upon request.