Answered By: Mark Glen Bilby, Ph.D.
Last Updated: May 20, 2016     Views: 51

Distance Access to Print Resources

If you cannot get access to a print-only resource (a book, chapter, or article) within 50 miles of your residence, the CST library will attempt to provide access to it through a digital scan or via mail.

If it is a resource NEITHER owned by CST NOR by a reciprocal library within 50 miles of your address, place an InterLibrary loan request through the CST/Worldcat Discovery catalog. Just look up the item record in the catalog, log in, and then click on the blue "Request Item" button.

If it is a resource owned by CST but NOT by a reciprocal library within 50 miles of your address, email reference@cst.libanswers.com with your distance book mailing or scanning request. In your email, include the following information:

  • a screenshot or pdf of the catalog record for the item in the CST/Worldcat Discovery catalog, including the holdings of the first few listings in the "Libraries Worldwide" dropdown
  • your address (necessary for scanning requests as well)
  • complete bibliographic information (a full bibliographic entry), as well as ISBN or ISSN and page numbers

Please allow about 7-10 business days for delivery of mailed books or sending of digital scans.

Note that while the CST library covers the cost of scanning and/or shipment, students are required to cover the cost of return shipping and are responsible for the items if they are lost or damaged during shipment. Essentially, students claim financial responsibility for the items as soon as they are requested.