Distance Students

WCU Books for Distance Students

To request books be sent to you:

  1. Find a book using the search box on the library's home page.
  2. Make sure you are signed in (using WCU login and password). Sign-in for more options with Sign In link
  3. Under the Get It heading, select the Request link. Get It heading; below that Request options: Request link, ILLiad link, Report a Problem link
  4. Select Home Address in the Where would you like to pick this item up? field. Then enter your home address in the Comments field.  Options for Where would you like to pick this item up field displayed: FHG Library, Presser Music Library, or Home Address

Books are checked out to you for 8 weeks, and can be renewed once. Books are shipped via UPS, and come with a postage paid return label - just drop off at the closest UPS dropoff location.

Finding eBooks

  1. Enter either the title of the book or your keywords in the search box on the WCU libraries homepage.
  2. On the new page listing your search results, look on the left. You should see SourceType - choose Books under that heading.
  3. Now everything that appears on the page is a book. To restrict it to just ebooks, look at the list on the left and choose Full Text Online under Show Only.
  4. Now everything that appears on the page is a book.
  5. To open an ebook, click on the Online Access link.‚Äč
  6. In the box that opens, look for the link to the full text near the top, in the box with the yellow banner. In some cases, there will be more than one link.
  7. You will be asked to log in with your WCU email address and password before you can use the ebook.
For more information about ebooks at WCU, see our ebook guide.


In a Hurry?

If you can't wait the 5 days or so for a book to arrive via UPS, try these alternate solutions:

  • Request a book chapter instead of the whole book.

    If one chapter looks particularly promising, requesting just that chapter is faster since the chapter will be scanned and sent to you. Chapters are sometimes listed in the book's catalog record, or on Amazon or Google Books.

  • Check if your local public library has a copy of the book.

    If your book is not a textbook, and is more focused on a broad public audience instead of experts, the public library is more likely to have it.