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Library Support for Distance Learning: Distance Services Page Ex

This staff guide provides access to information regarding librarian involvement with distance education at UF.

Accessing Your Library Accounts

Distance patrons enjoy the same library privileges as on-campus users.

Distance learners can access library resources and services with a Gatorlink account or UFID. Every UF student, faculty, and staff member is expected to have a GatorLink account which "serves as an individual's computer identity" at UF, enabling access to many campus resources.

Connecting to Resources from Off-Campus

Many library resources are limited to current UF faculty, students and staff. To use our electronic resources from off-campus you must first logon to our network. The UF VPN is highly recommended.


Library West and HSCL have videoconferencing/Polycom ability. The videoconferencing room can be reserved through the Library West Reference Desk.

Borrowing Materials

Distance learners may borrow regular loan materials available at the main UF campus and materials not owned by the UF Libraries by using the online ILLiad form.  Requests are mailed or emailed to off-campus locations and arrive within one day to several weeks, depending on whether UF owns the item or whether it needs to be requested from another university. Review the Interlibrary Loan policies.

Faculty, staff and students may also use resources of other state college and university libraries in Florida. The Gator 1 Card acts as the ID card.

Course Reserves

Some instructors assign readings and place those materials on course reserve. Distance learners can use the electronic materials but hard copy items cannot be mailed. Students should place an interlibrary loan request for course reserves; some items can be borrowed from other consortial libraries.

Finding E-Resources

Many e-books, journals, and dissertations are searchable and accessible from your desktop. Subject Specialists have also identified the databases that provide information sources for your area.  Please review the Subject Guides and Specialists page.

Reference Services

Please contact your Subject Specialist for research assistance.

You may also contact the UF Libraries toll free at 1-866-281-6309 or via the Ask A Librarian service.


Face-to-face visits or videoconferencing is available. Contact your subject specialist for more information.

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