Services for Remote Learning


The library supports the research needs of Xavier's students in a remote learning environment and provides a number of services and resources. Get started by working through the following questions.

How do I get research help?

University Librarians are available remotely by email at or by chat between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday on the library's homepageEach academic department has a library liaison who can help you with discipline specific research. Contact your personal librarian for help.

How do I research off-campus?

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 use to log into your Xavier email and Canvas.

If you experience issues accessing the databases or full text articles after you have entered your correct credentials, please email the library staff at

Potential Connectivity and other Library System Issues 

When working remotely and logged on to the Global Protect Virtual Private Network (VPN), you may encounter an error message when trying to access library resources that require authentication (EZ Proxy prefix is in front of the resource URL). If you get a "Secure Connection Failed" error, log out of the VPN and re-authenticate in order to gain access to the resource. We are working with IT to correct this issue.

If you are experiencing an issue with a library system or resource, please open a ticket. For general questions or research assistance, please email

Search@XU tab: What is it and how do I use it?

What is Search@XU

Start Researching with Search@XU Quick Guide

Using Limiters and Filters Quick Guide

Search@XU tab: How do I obtain journal articles?

  1. Select the PDF icon labeled "PDF Full Text" to access a copy of the article. pdf-fulltext-icon
  2. If the "PDF Full Text" option is not available, click the "FIND IT @ XU" icon to determine if the article is available electronically. After selecting Find It @ XU, click on one of the available links to access the article.find-it-at-xu-icon
  3. If no full text is available from the "Find It @ XU" links, click on this link Request an item from Xavier and non-Xavier collections to request the source through the library’s interlibrary loan system. Articles will be delivered electronically to your interlibrary loan account and you will receive an email with instructions on how to access them.  (In the current environment, we may not be able to get all the sources we usually can due to libraries being closed or having limited availability.)
Download or Print  from the upper right corner of the copy of the article.printer-icon.

Books & Media tab: How do I access electronic books?

You can search the library's e-book collections from the library's homepage. Choose the Books and Media tab, which accesses the Xplore library catalog. You can also search for e-books through Search@XU. Limit your results in the left menu to Xavier Xplore/OhioLINK Catalog Only and look for the eBook icon in your results.

Databases tab: How do I access databases?

Using Subject Databases Quick Guide

How do I borrow physical books, media items or other physical library materials?

In support of the move to a remote learning environment for all Xavier students, the library building is closed and all staff are working remotely effective March 21, 2020. Borrowing of print materials and physical media is not available until further notice. 

How do I renew items?

If you have library materials checked out now, University Library will renew them automatically for you. We will waive any fines that are accumulated as a result of being due or overdue during this time. (Replacement fees for lost materials will still apply.)

How do I return books and media?

Please do not return books and media at this time, as the library building is closed and mail services on campus have a limited schedule. We will waive any fines that are accumulated as a result of being due or overdue during this time.

If you have any questions about library resources or services, please email