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Online Learners

The Nelson Memorial Library is committed to offering library resources and services for Distance Education and Extension Site students. The following is a brief overview of library services availble to online and distance learning students.

Library Resources for Online/Distance Learning

Please note: You will need your Blackboard/Lionmail credentials in order to access resources from off-campus.

Library Services for Online/Distance Learning

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

ILL for Online/Distance Learning

Interlibrary Loan services for Distance Education students (out of easy driving distance of a SAGU library) are limited to digital items (such as articles); for print items (such as books), students are encouraged to work with their local public library's Interlibrary Loan department to maximize checkout time with the book. Digital items typically arrive within two (2) to seven (7) days.

Once you discover a resource you would like from another library, there are several ways to request it:

  1. In SAGU Discovery, click the "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" button and enter your information.
  2. In (most) SAGU databases, select the "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" button and enter your information.
  3. Email the abstract/bibliographic information directly from a database. Send your request to and make sure to include your Lionmail email address in the comment field.
  4. Fill out this form.

We will process the request as quickly as possible and will email the item to you as soon as it becomes available or if we need more information to process your request.

SAGU does not charge patrons to borrow materials.