Library Services for Distance Students: Distance Students

Who is Considered a Distance Student?

The WCU Libraries define distance students as students who:

  • take all of their classes online -or-
  • take all of their classes at WCU in Philadelphia -or-
  • take all of their classes at the Graduate Center -or-
  • take all of their classes at the Exton campus -or-
  • take a combination of online classes, classes at WCU in Philadelphia, classes at the Graduate Center, and classes at the Exton campus.

Non-distance students may find the information in this guide useful for accessing resources while off-campus, but they will not be able to request books be mailed to their home.

Materials Available to Distance Students

You can access almost all of the resources that WCU owns as a distance student:

You have instant access, via OneSearch or the databases, to:

  • Ebooks
  • Full-text online articles
  • Streaming videos & music


You can request items that aren't available online as well as items WCU doesn't own.

If you need a: Please use:
Book Distance Student Book/DVD Request Form
Textbook We are unable to get textbooks for current WCU courses through ILL; more info on your options.
DVD Distance Student Book/DVD Request Form; we only ship DVDs that WCU owns.
Article ILLiad
Book Chapter ILLiad, please include both the book title and either the chapter title or page numbers of the chapter.
Please request one chapter at a time.

ILLiad Accounts for Distance Students

Since you will use ILLiad to request articles and book chapters not available online, we recommend setting up your ILLiad account now.  To set up your account:

  1. Go to the ILLiad login page.
  2. Select the First Time Users link.
    Red arrow pointing to First Time Users link
  3. The First Time User Registration for Interlibrary Loan page provides information about your ILLiad account. After reading, select the First Time Users Click Here button at the bottom of the page.
  4. The New User Registration for ILLiad page appears. You must provide information for those fields marked with a red asterisk.
  5. When you get to the Status field, enter Distance Education Student as your Status. The required Status field is highlighted, and other required fields including Username and Password are shown.
  6. Your Username and Password do not have to match your WCU username and password.
  7. Then select Submit Infomation.

Once you are logged in to ILLiad, you will see the Place New Request and View Request menus on the left. ILLiad main menu page showing the New Request and View menus.

If you have questions about your ILLiad account, check with the Interlibrary Loan department at or 610-436-3454.

Subject Guide

Danielle Skaggs
West Chester University   ---    WCU Libraries  25 West Rosedale Avenue, West Chester, PA 19383  610-430-4400