Library Services for Distance Students: Home


Welcome to the WCU Library Services for Distance Students guide! 

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This guide contains:

Distance Students, which defines who WCU considers a distance student, what materials are available to distance students, and how to set up your interlibrary loan account to request books as a distance student.

Getting Articles, which discusses how to find articles, how to locate the full text of articles, and how to request articles through interlibrary loan.

Getting Books,which discusses how to find books that WCU owns as well as how to locate books from other libraries. 

Help Videos, which contains tutorial videos ranging from selecting a topic to using specific databases such as Project Muse. 

Non-distance students who rarely or never travel to WCU's physical campus may find the information in this guide useful for accessing resources while off-campus, but they will not be able to utilize distance student services.

 Always remember that, if you need more help, you can contact a WCU librarian via phone, email, text or chat.  See the box to right for more information and the hours live help is available.

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Off Campus Access to Library Databases and Other Electronic Resources

Almost all of our databases and other electronic resources can be accessed from off campus. When you click on a link to these resources from off campus, you will see the following page:

KLN log in screen

Note: this page will not appear for articles you find using Google. To find these articles you will need to check whether the library has the journal or magazine that article appears in, or you can set up Google Scholar to work with WCU.

Select Login on the right, and you'll see this screen:

WCU log in screen

Enter your WCU ID and password, and you will be taken to the database or other resource.


If you do not have a Ram eCard and you need a barcode, fill out this form to request a Library Authentication Number that you can use as your barcode.


Need Help? Contact a Librarian

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Phone Call 610.436.2453
Texts on phone Text 610.915.8659

We're available the following hours (fall and spring semesters):

Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


Our hours vary during breaks and summer.
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