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Online Learning 101

An introduction to library resources for students new to online learning.


Library Services

Many of the library's resources are available to you even if you're working online! We have provided the following FAQ to help clarify how you can access library services and resources from anywhere in the world.

What library resources can I access from home?

The library provides a large collection of online resources, including:

  • Journal articles
  • eBooks
  • Databases
  • Subject Guides

These and other resources are accessible through a collection of over 130 databases and/or SAGU Discovery. You can access SAGU resources using the same username/password that you use to access Blackboard or your Lionmail. 

Additionally, the library can mail you print books from the library collection. Check out the detailed instructions below to find out how.

What if I have books checked out from the library?

When your books are due, simply mail them back to us! We ask that you mail them back priority (the post office takes better care of them this way). Our mailing address is:

Nelson Memorial Library
1200 Sycamore Street
Waxahachie, TX 75165

Can I get research help from librarians?

Yes! You can request help by emailing the library at We are happy to help with your research, including

  • General research help
  • Guidance when you are starting a research assignment
  • Help with search strategies
  • Research consultations
  • Help with finding and using online resources

Pro Tip: The more details you provide, the better and more quickly we can help you! 

Also, don't forget to check out the librarian-created Subject Guides! These are a great place to quickly find resources within your field of study.

Can I still request interlibrary loans (ILL)? 

Yes! We are able to request books, chapters from eBooks, and articles through ILL. You can submit ILL requests by any of the following ways: 

If you are a distance education student and live outside of easy driving range of SAGU, we can still request digital items (chapters of eBooks or articles), but you should work with your local public library to obtain print books through ILL. 

Receiving print books

How to get library books as an online student

The library is happy to mail print books to you if you live in the continental US and are too far away to drive to the library yourself.

  1. Login to the library catalog using your Lionmail account.
    Login via SSO button

    Make sure the displayed name changes to show your name after logging in:
    Name displays in top right of screen after logging in
  2. Identify which books you'd like. Undergraduate students may check out up to 10 items, graduate students up to 15, and doctoral students up to 20.
  3. Click-and-drag resources you'd like from your search results to the "My List" part of the menu bar 
    Catalog search results with an item being dragged to "My List" on the menu bar. An arrow points at the menu bar.

    OR select "Add to My List" from the side of the item view

    Example of Item View with "Add to My List" button circled
  4. Once you have all the items you'd like added to your list, select the "My List" button. Here you can see all the items in your list. You can verify that everything you want is on there or remove any that you changed your mind on.
  5. Select "Options" and then "Send to Librarian"
    Items added to My List and arrows specifying where to select "Options" and "Send to Librarian"
  6. In the pop-up box, enter a message subject and your message. Please include your current mailing address
    Sample pop-up message box showing a subject line and sample message, including current mailing address
  7. Receive the books through USPS priority mail.
  8. Use the books! 
  9. Mail them back to us. Books postmarked by their due date will not be considered late (although you might get an automatic email notice while they're in the mail). Our address is: 
    Nelson Memorial Library
    1200 Sycamore Street
    Waxahachie, TX 75165