Services for Online Students
Welcome! The Parkland Library offers a number of services for our online students. Our staff is ready to help you locate the information you need. Librarians can offer help in locating research materials, evaluating information, and tracking down elusive resources. Feel free to call us with questions: 217/373-3839 or email us.
You can use the same resources as on-campus students: search our catalog, use Article and Research Databases and Research Guides created by Librarians. Start at the Library webpage for your research. You will need to set up your Parkland email account. Your email login and password allow you to access our subscription databases from anywhere.
Sometimes you just need a library. Click here for a listing of libraries
throughout the state of Illinois. Need to find a library elsewhere?
Call us: 217/373-3839 or email us.
Borrowing books and videos from the Parkland Library
need to obtain a Parkland ID to borrow materials in person. Go to
the Student Life Office, X161 to get your ID.
If you reside a long distance from Parkland, you can obtain books in one of the following ways:
1. If you live near an I-Share Member Library, you may request books through the
catalog to pick up at that library. You must have a Parkland ID to pick up the book.
2. You can pay shipping costs to have books sent to your home. You will be responsible for the costs of shipping items from the Library and back. Here's how it works:
- Fill out the form below
- Library will respond with the cost of shipping and insurance
- You'll send a check
- Library will send the item(s)
- You are responsible for shipping the item(s) back to the Library
Overdue fines and lost book billing will be charged to the student for materials that are not returned to the Library by the due date. The postmark will be used to determine overdue status. You will be billed for failure to return items in good condition.
Online students who are taking at least one on-campus course are considered on campus students and are not eligible for this service. Students taking an on-campus class must come to the Library to borrow materials.
If the book or article you need is not available here, we can often borrow materials from other libraries. You must be able to come to the Library to pick up Interlibrary Loan materials. It generally takes 2 weeks for an item to be sent.
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Request an item through Interlibrary Loan