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FSU Libraries: Library Services for Distance Students

Access FSU Libraries at a Distance! 

All FSU library services are available to the distance learning community. Visit the Distance Learning page on the FSU Libraries website for up-to-date information on Library access and services. 

The resources offered through the Libraries are available only to current FSU students, staff, and faculty. If a resource requires authentication, you will be prompted to log in using your FSU ID (e.g., ab17c) and password. To use the Libraries, begin by visiting the University Libraries website.

If you would like to log in before using the website, use the Quick Links menu to go to Distance Learning and then click Off Campus Access:

Searching for Materials

OneSearch is a great starting point for your research. This discovery tool searches across the majority of the Libraries' books, journals, articles, and more. It can also be used to search for material outside of FSU collections.

You can find OneSearch in the middle of the homepage of the University Libraries website:

Or, to search the website for particular resources and services, you can use the search field in the upper right corner of the Libraries homepage. Type the keywords of the topic you are researching and click the green Search button:

Your results will appear. When using the OneSearch or Catalog Search, you can refine your results by using the filters on the left side of the page:

OneSearch Results

Catalog Search Results

Using UBorrow

UBorrow is a service that allows FSU students to borrow books from any state university in Florida. When searching the FSU catalog, click on the blue UBORROW icon near the top right corner of the page:

This will take you to the State University Libraries’ catalog, showing all the available items within the university system. If you want an item, click the UBORROW icon again, provide your FSU library card number (located just under your name on your FSUCard and beginning with "206"), and select FSU DISTANT LEARNER. You will receive an email in a few days informing you the item is on its way.

Please note: While the University will pay for shipping to you, you are expected to pay return shipping OR you may return the book to any University within the State University System of Florida. It is highly recommended that you take out insurance and/or get a tracking number when shipping books back, as you are financially responsible for replacing the book should it be lost in transit.

Interlibrary Loan

FSU faculty and students who live beyond 50 miles of the Tallahassee campus meet the criteria for service to distance learners and may have research materials mailed to their home address. Articles are delivered electronically to your email address and are often available much faster than books. 

Visit the Interlibrary Loan page (Quick Links > Distance Learning > Interlibrary Loan) for more information.

Please note: While the University will pay for shipping of Interlibrary Loan books, you are expected to pay return shipping to FSU only. It is highly recommended that you take out insurance and/or get a tracking number when shipping books back as you are financially responsible for replacing the book should it be lost in the mail.

Getting Help Navigating the Library Website

Ask a Librarian: Any time Strozier Library is open, you may use the Ask a Librarian chat box located in the center of the Libraries homepage to type a question and receive assistance from an FSU librarian.


If you are looking for general resources on a research topic, you may also want to access FSU’s Research Guides (Quick Links > Distance Learning > Research Guides).


These guides provide suggestions and links for finding books and databases, as well as vetted websites and other materials. You can access and search these guides by using the sorting methods and expanding the sections.


The authors of these Research Guides include FSU subject librarians and other knowledgeable library staff. They can be useful contacts for further research assistance and consultation. Their contact information can be found on each guide.

You can also use the Subject Specialists link (Quick Links > Distance Learning > Subject Specialists) to find a librarian in your subject area.

Citing Resources

From the Research tab, click on Citation Management for help creating citations or bibliographies:


Learn more about citation management tools (such as RefWorks, Zotero, and EndNote) that can help you keep your resources organized and create bibliographies, whether you are using APA, MLA, CMS, or another format.

Need help?

Contact the Extended Campus and Distance Services Librarian:
Lindsey Wharton, [email protected].

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