Information for Distance students

Need other information about the library?  Contact us at library@mst.edu or 573-341-4008.

If you would like help with your research or have questions about using library resources, you may call the library at (573) 341-4008. You may also submit a question electronically to library@mst.edu.

Another option is to use our Subject Guides, which outline the best databases for each subject and give you tips to finding different types of material.  Each subject has a librarian, who manages the guide and can be contacted directly.

Students enrolled in a Missouri S&T distance education course and who live more than 30 miles from the Missouri S&T campus are eligible to make use of Curtis Laws Wilson Library's services for distance learners. Students who are taking at least one current class on campus will not be considered as “distance learners” for the purpose of mailing library materials. Please note that books and some other media will not be posted to addresses outside of the United States. Contact us at (573) 341-4008 or library@mst.edu if you have questions about whether you are eligible for distance services.

Over half the books available from the Curtis Laws Wilson Library are ebooks. You search for them the same way you would search for a print book, by using the MERLIN Catalog. To narrow your results to only ebooks, do an advanced search and make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to select the Material Type as Ebooks. If you have questions about how to access an ebook contact the library at (573) 341-4008 or email library@mst.edu

You may use the library's databases or Summon (which allows you to search the full text of most of our e-books and electronic journals with a single search) to look for articles on a topic. Curtis Laws Wilson Library must limit access to our databases to the Missouri S&T user community--students, faculty, and staff--because of licensing restrictions. You can use our proxy server to gain remote access to these resources. When you try to access one of the library's databases, the proxy server will ask for a username and password. Your username will be the first part of your Missouri S&T email address (the part before the @mst.edu); the password is your university password.

Some of the databases provide the entire text of the article electronically, or they may link you to the full text of the article in another source. Click on Get it! @MST to see if the full text is available elsewhere. You may also go to the library webpage, click on "A-Z Electronic Journals", and search on a journal name to see if full text for a particular journal is available electronically. If the article you need is not available in full text, you can get a copy of the arti‌cle by submitting a request to our Interlibrary Loan department using ILLiad, the interlibrary loan request system.  One way to submit an interlibrary loan request is by clicking on the "Get it! @ MST" button and then selecting the "submit a request" option.

To receive an article, select the link that says "Article" from the ILLiad Main Menu and fill in the form provided. Articles will be delivered to you electronically. You will be notified by email when your article arrives and is sent to a secure site for you to view or download.

If your username was issued by another University of Missouri campus, you will not be able to use it to access Missouri S&T library resources. If this is the case, please contact the library at (573) 341-4008 or  library@mst.edu and we will provide you with alternate access for the current semester.

The process for requesting a paper from conference proceedings is similar to requesting a journal article. Use ILLiad to request the paper from our Interlibrary Loan department. Use the ILLiad form for conference papers. You will be notified by e-mail when your paper or proceedings arrive.

Search the MERLIN library catalog to locate books available at Curtis Laws Wilson Library. By changing the drop down menu next to the search box in the catalog to "All MERLIN," you can also search the other University of Missouri system campus libraries. To request a book from any of these libraries, click on the "Request" button and choose the campus email username option. Then fill in your Missouri S&T username and password. Make sure to designate Missouri S&T as the pickup location when you request the book. Also, in the "Any Special Instructions?" section of the request screen, enter "Distance Student" and your mailing address. When the book is available to check out, we will send you an email noting that the book has arrived. Please reply to the message, again indicating that you are a distance student and supplying your street address so we can use UPS or FEDEX to send the book to you. We will send it to you free of charge, although the item must be returned to us at your own expense.

Some materials cannot be checked out. Reference books do not circulate and cannot be requested from the library. Entire issues of journals also cannot be requested because of the time and money required for shipping.

If Curtis Laws Wilson Library doesn't own the book you need, you can check out books from the other libraries through MOBIUS, a shared catalog listing the holdings of over 70 libraries in the state of Missouri. Requesting a book from other libraries is easy--when searching the catalog, just click on "Request". If asked which cluster you belong to, select "MERLIN". If you live in Missouri, you can select one of the clusters other than MERLIN for delivery and have the item shipped to one of the libraries in that cluster for you to pick up. For example, if you live in Springfield, you can select the SWAN cluster and have the book you need sent to the library at one of the local colleges for pick up. (A complete list of the MOBIUS clusters and their libraries is available on the MOBIUS Members page.) You will need your Missouri S&T student number and a picture ID to pick up and check out the requested item. If you don't live near one of the MOBIUS member libraries, designate Missouri S&T as the pickup location when you request the book. When you receive the email notice indicating that the book is available to check out, reply to the message indicating that you are a distance student and include your street address so we can ship it to you. Due dates for books requested will be listed on a band around the cover of the book.

All materials should be returned by the due date in order to avoid overdue book charges. If you need to keep your books longer, they may be renewed online using the MERLIN library catalog, as long as you don't have any overdue items or fines. To renew items, click on the "My Library Account" link in the catalog and fill in the form provided. If you have overdue items or fines, you should contact Circulation to request a renewal. Items may be renewed twice.

Sometimes materials may be recalled before their due date if requested by others. If items are recalled, students will be notified by email to their Missouri S&T email account, and fines will accrue if items are not returned by the recall date. Usually at least one week is provided to return the item. Students may call (573) 341-4008 or email Circulation if they have difficultly returning recalled items on time, and reasonable accommodations may be made to account for shipping time.

All books requested will be mailed to you at the library's expense. Students who live near a library that is part of MOBIUS may turn in books to that library to avoid shipping charges. Otherwise, you must return book(s) to Curtis Laws Wilson Library at your own expense. Shipments must be insured and trackable. Items should be sent to:

Curtis Laws Wilson Library
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Circulation Department
400 W. 14th St.
Rolla, MO 65409-0060

You can request books that are not available from libraries in the MOBIUS system through interlibrary loan by using ILLiad. On the ILLiad Main Menu under the "New Request" header, click the link that best fits the type of material you are requesting.  Then fill in the information for the item you are requesting on the form provided. After receiving the request, we will obtain the material from another library and send it to you.

Due dates for books requested through interlibrary loan will be listed on a band around the cover of the book. The paperwork included in the book should not be removed; it should be returned with the book. You can find information on due dates by logging onto ILLiad and checking your record by selecting the "View Checked Out Items" button.

If you need to renew books you received through interlibrary loan, please log on to ILLiad and choose the "Checked Out Items" link. Renewals must be granted by the lending library, and it may take some time to find out if your renewal was granted. If it is, the due date in your ILLiad record will be changed to reflect the new date. Books may only be renewed once.

Interlibrary loan materials will be mailed to you at the library's expense, but the materials must be returned to Curtis Laws Wilson Library at your own expense, and all shipments must be insured and trackable. Interlibrary loans should be sent to:

Curtis Laws Wilson Library
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Interlibrary Loan Department
400 W. 14th St.
Rolla, MO 65409-0060

If you have a question about interlibrary loan, please contact the Interlibrary Loan Department by calling (573) 341-4008 or sending an e-mail to ill@mst.edu.

If you do not have time to wait for materials to be sent to you by Curtis Laws Wilson Library, you should try using the public or academic libraries in your area. You may be able to get the materials you need more quickly through a local library than we can supply them to you.