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University Libraries & Archives


Distance Services

  • What does ESU Libraries and Archives offer distant learners?

Off-campus individuals may access various library resources and services electronically. The following sections highlight what the ESU Libraries and Archives has to offer students, faculty and staff members not physically on our campus.

  • Who is a distant learner?

To qualify for distant education services a student must:

    • reside outside a 30 mile radius around Emporia
    • and must attend less than one class per week on the ESU main campus.

Students who reside within 30 miles of Emporia or attend class at ESU main campus once a week are ineligible for distant education services.

  • How do I find out what the library owns?

Kellogg Catalog, the library’s online catalog is used to find out what materials are owned by the ESU Library. Included in Kellogg Catalog are books, musical scores, sound recordings, audiovisual materials, government documents, and journal title holdings. See the link provided to the left for an instruction module.

  • How can I find magazine and journal articles?

If you are an ESU student, faculty or staff member off-campus access to resources is provided by the library. This access includes general information databases along with many subject specific databases in a variety of areas. The electronic resources may be located through the E-Resources link on the library’s home page or via the link provided to the left.

  • How do I acccess resources?

Our online resources may be accessed by going to library.emporia.edu and clicking on the E-Resources link. You may also use the Journals link on our homepage for online access to electronic journals. Off-campus users will need to log in with their Buzz-In username and password before using these resources. 

  • How can I get full text resources?

Several of the databases available through the library are either partially or completely full-text. This means that articles may be retrieved online. That database listings at the E-Resources link on the library’s home page indicate which electronic resources have full text articles available. Full text journals may also be search through Kellogg Catalog or browsed by subject through the E-Journals link on the E-Resources page.

The library also subscribes to NetLibrary, a resource that provides electronic access to books. Books can be either browsed online or checked out for up to three days through NetLibrary. Students need to register with NetLibrary to use the resources. E-books may be found by search Kellogg Catalog and limiting the search by “Material Type” to Ebooks.

  • What are course reserves?

At times faculty members will put materials “On Reserve” for a class. These are usually required readings that the faculty member wants the students to read. To search for reserve materials for a particular instructor or class go to the Reserve section of the web site via the link at the left.

  • What if I need help with my research or library assignment?

The ESU University Libraries and Archives offers an Ask-A-Librarian service. For more information please see the link provided to the left under, How Do I. 

  • Where can I get library instruction?

The Library is continually adding resources to support students at a distance. Some of these are instructional modules that teach students how to use library resources. These may be accessed via the link provided to the left.

  • For further questions...

In our modern age, technology is constantly changing. Resources, and access to those resources, are also being changed and updated. William Allen White Library is committed to ensuring that students off-campus receive the same services that resident students are able to access. The library web page will be the most current resource for this type of information.