For Distance Learners

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Lewis Library is committed to supporting the information needs of our distance education students. The information listed below should ensure that you have everything you need to complete your assignments or your research.


Electronic Resources

The majority of the Library’s research resources are available electronically. Distance learners can access these resources, which include databases, journals, and e-books, on the library homepage under Shortcuts to Resources > ALL DATABASES A-Z.

When accessing one of the Library’s electronic resources for the first time in a browsing session, an intermediary page will ask students to supply a UNTHSC network ID (EUID) and password. Even when a citation database is freely available, such as PubMed, it is important to open it through the Library’s website to ensure linked access to full-text content from journals to which the Library subscribes. Click on the green UNTHSC link resolver button to check for access to the full text of a citation.

If you encounter problems with access to electronic resources, see Problems with Online Access.  If a solution is not available or access problems continue, please contact the Lewis Library or the UNTHSC Helpdesk.

Print Resources

To borrow a print book or request a copy of a print journal article from the Lewis Library collections, sign in or register for document delivery and submit the document delivery request form. Distance education students are not charged for document delivery, so make sure that you select Distance Education Student as your affiliation when you sign up for this service. Requests are delivered via FedEx and include a pre-paid shipping label for return. Unfortunately, the Library cannot ship to international addresses.

Distance education students must meet the following qualifications to be eligible for this free service:

  • You are currently enrolled in a distance learning class at UNTHSC.
  • You are not attending any on-campus classes at UNTHSC.
  • You live outside of Tarrant County, Texas.

Books that check out for 28 days are eligible for request, including New Books and Circulating Books. Test Preparation materials, Reserves, Media, and entire issues of journals are not eligible for request. If you need more information about borrowing books, please contact the Document Delivery Office at either or 817-735-2464.

You can request up to two renewals if no one else has requested the materials while you have them checked out. Access Borrowing Account Information to renew materials online. For more information about renewals, contact the Service Desk at or 817-735-2465.

Interlibrary Loan

Use our interlibrary loan service to borrow full-text articles not available in Lewis Library print or electronic holdings. The document delivery account is also used for interlibrary loan requests.

Visit the interlibrary loan page for more information, or contact the interlibrary loan office at or 817-735-2464. Office hours are 7:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Central Standard Time.

Course Reserves

Access course reserves through ERes.  For more information about course reserves, see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Getting Help with Your Research

To get a quick answer on a research question, contact us via Ask a Librarian or call the Reference Office at 817-735-2070. Phones are answered Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Central Standard Time. We try to answer all e-mail inquiries by the next business day.

See Research Guides or Database Tutorials & Help for self-service research assistance. For further help or training on using a particular database or RefWorks, contact Michele Whitehead (Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences) or Jack Boettcher (School of Public Health) of the Library’s Instruction department.

Other Helpful Information

Service Desk: 817-735-2465

For Texas residents: TexShare Libraries


Page last updated on April 21, 2014