Distance Students Services

Borrowing Books From the Library

Distance students may borrow books directly from Allen Ginsberg Library. To do so, please email library staff at with the following information:

  1. Book title, author and call #
  2. Your name and shipping address
  3. Your academic department and degree program.

An account will be set up for you. Requested items will be checked out and shipped to you.

The checkout period for distance students is one semester. However, books borrowed and shipped are subject to recall if needed for faculty reserves.

Distance students are able to check out up to 10 books at a time.

Requesting Journal Articles

If Allen Ginsberg Library owns a journal that contains an article you need, a scan of that article can be sent to you via email. To intiate the request, please email library staff at with the following information:

  1. Full article citation: author, article title, journal title, journal volume #, page numbers. Please be sure Allen Ginsberg Library owns the journal and the issue that you need by checking the library catalog.
  2. Your academic department and degree program.

Using your Local Library's Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Another option for obtaining books or articles is to borrow them from local libraries in your area. Most libraries offer Interlibrary Loan service, where books or other materials (articles, theses, etc.) may be requested from other libraries and sent to your local library for your use.

Please note: there is sometimes a charge associated with placing an ILL request. Check with your local library for details.

It is sometimes possible to request that Allen Ginsberg Library borrow materials from another library for you through our own ILL service. This possibility depends on the lending library's policies, in relation to borrowing period. Decisions are made on a case by case basis in consultation with you. Please contact library staff at for more information if you are interested in this service.

Research Databases

Allen Ginsberg Library offers access to several online periodical indexes and other research databases, some with full-text. You can access these databases through your eCampus account, or, through the library website.

  1. Log in to eCampus
  2. Click on the Academics tab
  3. In the Library section, click on the link to Research Databases.


  1. Go to the library homepage
  2. Click on the link to Research Databases under the Research Resources heading.

You will need to log in to our proxy server with your MyNaropa username and password in order to access the databases. If you don’t have a MyNaropa account, please contact library staff at information on access. Online students without MyNaropa accounts can use a generic password created each semester for this purpose.

For access help, visit the Off-Campus Access Help page or contact contact library staff at .

Need Help?

If you have questions about how to use the library please feel free to email the library at or contact any of us directly.

If you have research questions or need any help at all, please feel free to make use of our reference services. Questions can be submitted online via form.