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J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library

Library Services During Covid-19 Response

Off-Campus Library Access

Many of the library's resources are available off-campus. For info on how to access articles, e-books, and other electronic material from off-campus, please follow the steps below. Please note that you do not have to use Michigan Tech's VPN to access library materials, but it can be helpful. If you run into any issues, see the eAccess Troubleshooting page or Ask Us. Librarians are here to help you get the info you need!

Access electronic materials

Start from the Library's homepage ( Use the central library search tool to search for the title of the work you need or keywords related to your topic.

image of library's search widget with default search highlighted in red

Note: if you are a  heavy Google Scholar user, please either log in via this library link before starting your search OR use Michigan Tech's VPN to connect to the campus network. This will help minimize the paywalls you see and let sites you reach via scholar whether or not you have subscription access to a given resource.

Use the "Modify Your Results" Options or "Advanced Search" to refine your results. Particularly helpful options include: Peer Reviewed Journals, Resource Type, Subject, and Creation Date.

Screen capture of 'Modify Your Results' option from catalog

Materials that are available electronically through our collection will say "Available Online" under them. Click on this to open the record page. 

Screenshot of library catalog

On the window that pops up, navigate to the section titled "View Online." Below this will be one or more links to different databases (ie. platforms) that host this article. Select any one of them, and you will be taken to the full text. You will see an ISO login screen just after clicking the database title (unless you are using a Michigan Tech VPN); sign is as normal.

Some materials are not available through the library's subscriptions. You may request articles, proceedings, book chapters, etc. through Interlibrary Loan. Please note that reduced services at other library locations may impact services over the coming weeks. For more ILL info, visit the library's Borrowing from other Libraries page.

If we don't have a resource available, you will either see the option "No Online Access - Request through Interlibrary Loan" or it will not appear in the catalog at all. Click Request link and log in with your ISO username and password. The ILL form should be pre-populated with the relevant information; submit your request.

If the work you would like does not appear in the catalog at all, use the ILL button on the library's homepage to access a blank request form.

Create Request and use the Article tab for articles, book chapters, proceedings, etc. If there is a field that is not applicable, please write n/a.

Most requests will be processed within 8 hours (often much faster!), and you will receive an email when your request is available. If it is critical that you access a resource sooner than this, please use the RUSH option for your request (faculty & grad students only).

Access physical materials

Start from the Library's homepage ( Use the central library search tool to search for the title of the work you need.

image of library's search widget with default search highlighted in red

Use the "Modify Your Results" Options or "Advanced Search" to limit your results to "Held by library" results. This will display books, articles, journals, etc. that are available in the library and archives physical collections.


Once you've located the work you would like, you can request it in one of two ways:

  1. Call 487-2508 or email to request the item(s)
  2. Faculty, staff and students may use the Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery request option in the item record to place a request through their ILL account. To do this, click on the "Sign in" link located in the item's record and sign in with your ISO username and password. You will then see a link to "Request through Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery." This should bring up a pre-populated request form that you can submit. Staff will retrieve items and email/call you when these are ready for pickup.


If your request was for just a single article or chapter of a book, library staff will scan and email the material to you.

For larger works (books, whole journal issues, etc.), you have the option to pickup your materials at the library's Circulation Desk or via Curbside pickup.

Please see the library's current hours for more info on when you can pickup materials in person.

Curbside pickup times are10am-12pm, and 1pm-5pm, Monday-Friday, in the circle drive next to the library. Library staff will bring the bagged library materials to patrons curbside. Patrons do not need to leave their vehicles. A valid HuskyCard or Library Courtesy card must be shown at item pickup. Requests received before 2:00pm will be available for pick-up until 5:00pm the same day. Patrons may call the desk when they get to the library circle drive and are ready to pick up their item(s) at 487-2508.

Please contact with any questions.

Both the Michigan eLibrary (MeLCat) and the library's interlibrary loan service are accepting and filling requests for books and other physical items. There may be delays and limitations depending on the lending libraries' current status.