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Library Materials for Distance Students

After reviewing this information, you will be able to:

  • Enroll in Document Delivery (enables us to ship library items to you)
  • Apply for a MavCard (optional)
  • Request library materials

You have options! Click your choice below to continue...

Requesting Library Materials for Distance Students Tutorial

Requesting Library Materials for Distance Students

To have materials shipped to you, you need to fill out the "Request for Document Delivery Service" online. 

Fill out and submit this form! Make sure to list your current address, as this will be the address we'll send the materials to.

fill out all of the question and hit the submit button in order to request for document delivery

Please note that it will take two business days to process this form. 

If you plan to check out books when you visit campus, you will need a MavCard. A MavCard is not needed if you use our document delivery system to have materials shipped to you. If you already have a MavCard, you can skip on to the next step. If not, keep reading and apply for your MavCard today.

First, go to the Extended Learning Website at . This is and where you, as a distance student, need to apply for a MavCard. 

go to mnsu dot E D U dot E X T learning

Fill out the form on this page in order to request a MavCard

fill out the form on the page then click the submit form button at the bottom of the page to request a mavcard

You will need to have MavCard in order to complete the rest of the steps. Getting a MavCard may take a few days. 

With the document delivery form submitted, you can request Library materials be sent to you through WorldCat. 

To use WorldCat, go to the Library's home page and find the WorldCat link, usually just below the MavScholar search. 

Find the WorldCat  link below the MavScholar search bar

From here, search for your book or other library item. 

type in your topic or title and hit search to find library materials


You can filter your requests by format, author, date, or language. If you want to request books specifically from our direction, look for the note "Held by: Minnesota State University, Mankato." 

filter options can be found on the side to narrow results by format or author, etc. It will also show you what kind of item you are looking at and whether or not it is held by Minnesota State University, Mankato

Once you find an item that you want, click on the title. 

when you find the itme from MSU you want click on the titile

Then, you'll see a "Distance Request" or "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" button. Click on it. 

look for the distance request button under Availability

It will redirect you to a library item page. Under the How to Get it section, sign in using your StarID and password.

On the next screen under the how to get it section sign in with your StarID

Click on InterLibrary Loan in the How to get it section on the next screen.

On the next screen click the InterLibrary Loan link

It will generate a form that will automatically fill with information about the item. Double check the information to make sure it is correct. Please note, that for location, it will say Memorial Library but we will know to ship the item to you.

After signing in, a form with automatically filled out information will appear. Double check the information to make sure it is correct. the location will say memorial library but we will ship the item to you.

If everything is in order, click Send Request to continue.  

 Click Send Request to continue

Next agree to the copyright terms in order to complete your request.

Agree to copyright terms

The next screen should confirm that your request has been placed.

Look for the confirmation that the ILL request was successful

You are responsible for getting loaned materials back to the library on time. You can return items either in person or by mail.  If you choose to return items by mail, please allow extra time so the materials can get back to Memorial Library by the due date. 

a picture of Memorial library

Many Minnesota Libraries will do a courtesy book return using the Minitex Courier system. That means they will send it back to MSU for you. You should ask your local Library for details. Community colleges or academic colleges are usually a good place to ask as well. 

If you intend to return the items yourself, you can mail the items to:

Interlibrary Loan

Minnesota State University, Mankato

PO Box 8419

Mankato, MN 56002-8419

If you have any trouble concerning books or finding books, please talk to a librarian. 

Ask a Librarian

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