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Distance Students

Students enrolled in distance education may use the Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery request form to request books or journal articles. Items will be sent to you at no cost. Books include a postage paid label to return material to us. Ensure that you return materials by the posted due date. Journal articles are yours to keep. Please view our distance education library policies.

Before making an article request, check if the full text of the article is online. Search for the article title from the main library search page.


Placing Holds

Like any other student, distance education students can place a hold on library books.

  • Go to the Library Catalogue.
  • Click the Request button when you find a book you want. 
  • You will be prompted to your library account (My account).
  • Select the Taylor Family Digital Library as your pickup location for Document Delivery.

When you receive an email saying that your hold is available, reply and ask for the book to be delivered.




There are two ways to login to the University of Calgary online library services: 

  1. Sign in my your My UofC login. 
  2. Use your IT username and password.  To get an IT account, follow the instruction on the Information Technologies Account Registration.


 Why would a distance education student want a University of Calgary ID card? There are a number of reasons.

  • Most library databases are licenced to only be accessible to University of Calgary students, faculty and staff. If you are off campus and using the Internet to access us, the only way that we can authenticate you as a University of Calgary student is by using the barcode on the back of your University of Calgary ID. If you do not have a campus card, we cannot provide you with access to important databases that you will need to use for some of your assignments.
  • The discounts! All kinds of discounts are available to enrolled university students. Greyhound, Via Rail, and many other businesses give discounts to university students.
  • Your family and friends! We know that everyone is proud that you are a U of C student. Now you can show them your University of Calgary ID.

Procedures for getting a non-photo Campus Card

  1. Check with your program coordinator first. Many programs already have a system in place to make sure that distance education students receive their ID card.
  2. If for some reason you do need to obtain a card on your own, you will need to contact the Campus ID Office.
  3. Send the Campus ID Office the following item:
  • A photocopy of the front and back of your driver's licence. If you don't have a driver's licence, you should be able to substitute a photocopy of some other photo ID. Check with the Campus ID Office first, to make sure that your substitute ID is acceptable.
  1. Make sure that your student number is included with the information that you send to the Campus ID Office!
  2. The Campus ID Office will send you a nonphoto distance education ID.

Getting an IT Account

To get an IT account, follow the instruction on the Information Technologies Account Registration.