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Library Services for Students at a Distance: Books

Information on using library resources for those students taking online courses or at a distance from EMU Harrisonburg

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You may want to look for books at libraries near where you live. will help you find items owned by libraries worldwide

Search Sadie, the Library Catalog

Sadie is the library's online catalog. You can search library holdings, including ebooks.


Getting Books

EMU Hartzler Library will send books owned by the library to EMU students at a distance. Use Sadie, the library catalog, to request materials owned by EMU.  You should be aware that the library is unable to send materials from the Menno Simons Historical Library. 

The library will pay the cost of shipping items to a student, but students absorb the cost of returning items to EMU.

Local Libraries

Distance students may find a local public library useful.  Public libraries may be able to provide faster ILL service for books and other items that have to be returned.

Local university and college libraries may allow "walk-ins" to use their resources. Most will not provide interlibrary loan services or access to their resources off-campus for community borrowers. Some college and university libraries do allow for community users to borrow materials, but they may also charge a fee for this service. It is a good idea to check the policies of any library you visit.

Seminary students taking classes through EMS in Pennsylvania have borrowing privileges at several local libraries including:

Google Books

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