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Distance Education Degree Students

This page pertains to students enrolled in a distance education degree program.
Students enrolled in distance education degree programs have the same library privileges as University of Guelph students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars.
In addition, we are pleased to offer distance education degree program students who live outside Guelph a free courier service.

Courier service

The library pays for Purolator courier delivery and pickup of items to be returned.

  • A home or work address and phone number are required for delivery
  • Deliveries are made Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Our courier service requires a signature upon delivery
  • Our courier service will not deliver to a post office box, however if applicable, please provide the emergency number and road name
  • Your requested items will generally be delivered within 2-3 business days

How to request books and articles

  1. Search Omni.
  2. If the item is not viewable online, we will courier it to you. Click the item you'd like to request in Omni.
  3. Navigate to the “Get it” heading, located in the left side menu.
  4. If you aren’t signed in, click on the “Sign in” icon under the “Get it” heading and follow the directions. You will be directed back to the item to complete the request.
  5. Click on “REQUEST”.
  6. Ensure the pre-populated information is correct and then fill in the other fields. Click “Send Request”.
  7. Email libde@uoguelph.ca with the title of the item you requested and include your mailing address. We will send the item to you via courier.

If you can't find what you need in Omni

Use the Interlibrary loan service, RACER, to obtain items not available in the Omni network.

Interlibrary loan is a free service. However, there are some exceptions. We will notify you if the item you are requesting has a fee.

  1. If it is your first time using RACER, complete the RACER Registration form.
  2. Sign into RACER.
  3. Your Login is the barcode on your university ID card.
    Your Password is your last name, or whatever you chose when you registered for RACER.
  4. Choose Guelph as your library location.
  5. Fill in the “Blank Request Form” on the left side menu.
  6. In the “Special Instructions” box, include the note: “I’m a distance education student. Please courier this item to me”. 
  7. At the bottom of the Blank Request Form, you will see “Pickup Location.” Select “Guelph Distance Education.”

If you requested an article or book chapter and if licensing permits, we will email you a link to a digital copy.

How to return items to the library

  • You will receive a pre-paid Purolator waybill with your shipment. Simply follow the included instructions and return your items before they are due back. Journal articles should not be returned.
  • Check My Library Account for due dates and to renew books, if necessary.
The library is committed to ensuring that members of our user community with disabilities have equal access to our services and resources and that their dignity and independence is always respected. If you encounter a barrier and/or need an alternate format, please fill out our Library Print and Multimedia Alternate-Format Request Form. Contact us if you’d like to provide feedback: lib.a11y@uoguelph.ca