Online Students

Services for Online Students

The Library supports the research needs of Xavier’s online students.
The Library provides a number of services and resources for online students, including:

Research Help

Xavier’s Ask A Librarian Service allows you to ask questions via chat, email, phone, text as well as schedule virtual consultations with screen sharing for more in-depth help.

Each Academic Department has a library liaison for their programs that can help you with research.  Contact your library liaison for help. You can also call the Research Desk at 513-745-4808.

Access to Books, E-Books, and Databases

Available via the library’s homepage.

Search@XU provides a single search engine to find books, articles, videos, and more. It searches many of the library's databases, as well as the XPLORE and OhioLINK library catalogs.

Off-Campus Access to Databases and Articles

When doing research using the resources available on the library’s webpage from off campus you will be prompted for your Xavier credentials, which are the username and password that you usually use to log into your Xavier email.

If you experience any problems accessing the databases or full text articles  after you have entered your correct credentials, please contact us.
 

Research Help Videos

What is Search@XU

Borrrowing Materials

Resource Sharing will provide library print materials and media via FedEx only to those students enrolled in online classes at Xavier

  • Students must create an account in the ILLIAD Interlibrary Loan system and select the status of Online Student. If you already have an ILLIAD account, please edit the account information to show the status of online student and make sure that you have listed your off-campus address.

How do I obtain journal articles?

  1. Make sure the article is not available in digital format:
    • Use  for the article you need in a research database.
    • Search for the journal you need clicking on the Electronic Journals tab.
  2. Fill out the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form.
  3. Articles will be delivered electronically to your ILLIAD account.

How do I obtain books or media items?

Before ordering books or media items to be sent to you, consider the following options in order to receive the material in the quickest possible time.

Options

Delivery of Materials

Visit your local public library

Materials available based on public library collection

Search XPLORE for books or media and click the Request button. Enter your Xavier user name and password and select a pickup location of online student.

Materials will be shipped via FedEx to your home. Materials should arrive within 3-5 days.

Search the OhioLINK catalog for books or media that Xavier does not own or have available.

If you live close to another OhioLINK institution , request the material using Xavier University as your institution and select a pickup location of the institution close to where you live.

 

Materials should arrive at your OhioLINK pickup location within 3-5 days.

 

Search the OhioLINK catalog for books or media.

If you do not live close to another OhioLINK institution.  Request the material using Xavier University as your institution and select a pickup location of Xavier Online Student.

Materials will be shipped to Xavier and then via FedEx to your home. Materials should arrive within 5-10 days.

Materials that cannot be obtained from Xavier or OhioLINK may be requested through the ILLIAD Interlibrary Loan Book and Media Request Form.

Materials will be shipped to Xavier and then via FedEx to your home. Materials should arrive within 10-14 days.

How do I renew items?

Xavier and OhioLINK books can be renewed online up to six times if no hold has been placed on them by other patrons.

How do I return books and media?

If we shipped the materials to you via FedEx, please return the materials to us in the box provided and affix the enclosed return label to the box. Drop off the box at any FedEx location at no charge.

Otherwise, return the materials to the library where you checked them out.

If I have questions, who do I contact?

  • Resource Sharing (Borrowing Materials): 513-745-4812
  • Connection Center (General Questions, Reference Help): 513-745-3881
  • Email: illreq@xavier.edu