Students at a Distance

Guide for Students at a Distance

Visit our LibGuide for students who are studying at a distance.

Students at a Distance

Students at a distance are Wheaton College students who:

  • Are studying remotely, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during the 2020-2021 academic year; or
  • Are currently enrolled in a Wheaton course or program (or who are registered as thesis continuation), and who live more than 50 miles from campus.

Scanning and Mailing Services

Buswell Library will:

  • Scan and email articles or book chapters.
  • Mail books to a U.S. address at no charge to the student.
  • Provide ReturnMyBooks service at  

Note: All library services are provided in compliance with copyright law.  

Requesting Scanning or Mailing Services

Students at a Distance should take the following steps to obtain needed materials:

  • First, use the Library Search interface to find journal articles or book chapters.
  • Then, use your Wheaton College ILLiad account to place requests for scanned journal articles or book chapters.
  • For access to print books, we suggest students try to gain access to the resource at a local public library or other nearby academic institution. Learn more about how to do this
  • If you are not able to access the resources at a local public library or other nearby academic institution, you should request items using the request option in the Library Search interface.
  • Once your items are available at Buswell Library, you will receive an “Item Available” email notification. Forward that email to, directing Buswell to mail the item to you.  Please include:
    • Your name
    • Mailing Address
    • Your phone number
    • The item title(s)
  • Buswell will then ship you the requested item(s) and you will receive an email with tracking information.

Shipping and Scanning Tips

  • Due dates for items requested through interlibrary loan do not include extra shipping time.
  • When shipping items back to Wheaton College, remember to allow sufficient shipping time for items to be received by their due dates.

Using Other Libraries

  • As a Wheaton College student you have in-person borrowing privileges at any I-Share library. You can check out items at any I-Share library, provided that library is permitting visitors. Contact the library to confirm their current policies.
  • If you live near an Atla member library, your Wheaton ID card will allow you to borrow items there, provided that library will permit your entry.  Learn more about this program.
  • If you live near any academic library, investigate their policies for services to guest patrons and take advantage of their interlibrary loan service if available.
  • Visit your local public library to request items through their interlibrary loan service.