Options for Getting Books
To locate books in the James E. Walker Library, search the library catalog by author, title, or topic.
Distance Education students have 3 options for obtaining library resources without traveling to campus:
Book delivery to your home
- If MTSU owns the book (check the library catalog), you may request the book through the ILLiad system. When requesting the book, mention in the notes field that you are a Distance Education student and need to have the book mailed to you. You must be registered for a distance education or RODP course (with MTSU as your home school), live outside of Rutherford County, and have no on-campus classes to have MTSU books mailed to you. There is no charge to have books mailed to you, but you will be responsible for return postage.
- If you live in Rutherford County, we ask you to come in during library hours to check out books. You must have an MTSU student ID to check out books in the library. The BlueID office is located in room 306 of the James Union Building. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For those who need to obtain an ID after BlueID office hours, Kirksey Old Main Room 126B has limited evening and weekend hours. For more information or for office evening office hours, please call (615) 898- 5611. For directions to the James Union Building or Kirksey Old Main, please see the campus map.
- If MTSU does NOT own the book you need, you may borrow it from another school through the Interlibrary Loan System, ILLiad . When requesting the book, mention in the notes field that you are a Distance Education student and need to have the book mailed to you. The book will be mailed to you as soon as possible. This option may take a few weeks, so plan ahead. Read more about Interlibrary Loan. You will be responsible for return postage.
TALC Card for use at other state schools
- If you live near another state school, you may want obtain a statewide borrower card (TALC). Public colleges and universities across the state have agreed to allow students and faculty from any of the participating schools to borrow materials at any location. If you live close to one of these schools, you may wish to use its library. Your home school must issue the card. To receive a TALC card, click here and fill in the form.
Online Books (e-books)
Contact the Distance Education Librarian:
For help at other times, contact a Reference Librarian