Off-campus Students, Faculty and Staff
Whether you are across town, the country or the world, you have access to most services and resources of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. The library provides access to most of its online and physical collections and our Ask Us! service for all active students, faculty (including emeriti), and staff working or studying away from the Michigan Tech campus.
Examples of affiliates we serve include:
- Staff working at the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MITRI,) Ford Center, Lakeshore Center, etc.
- Students enrolled in online learning programs
- Faculty on sabbatical
- Students on co-op, study abroad, or internships
- Active students or faculty away from campus for the summer or other term
Online Resource Access
The majority of the library’s online journals, databases, e-books, and streaming videos are available off-campus. A few databases, such as SciFinder, require initial registration using an on-campus computer. Best practice for connecting to online resources from off-campus (always using your ISO userid and password) as well as troubleshooting tips can be found on our Off-Campus Access to eResources page.
Other Databases of Interest: Michigan eLibrary (MeL)
Content from scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, test preparation materials, podcasts, and more is available through the Michigan eLibrary's databases. Access MeL databases with your Michigan state driver’s license or state ID number. Topics include business, science, technology, education, and history.
Request Articles and other Documents Using ILLiad
You can request journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters not found in the library’s collections using ILLiad, your interlibrary loan account. A PDF of your requested item will be delivered to your ILLiad account generally within 12 or so hours.
Visit a Public University
Near a public university or college? Or a public library? Many libraries allow walk-in access to their online databases and eJournals. Others will provide guest log-ins. If you would like assistance locating a public library or public university near you, Ask Us!
Borrowing and Receiving Books at Your Location
Need a book, dvd, or other physical item? If you are at an off-campus location, you have options for obtaining materials from Michigan Tech’s and other libraries using MeLCat, the Michigan eLibrary or your ILLiad account.
If you are off-campus, but still in Michigan, you may be close to a library that participates in MeLCat. Signing up for a library account at a participating MeLCat library near you will enable you to request materials through MeLCat for delivery to your location. Check the MeLCat map to find the participating libraries near you.
You also may have access to a MeLCat library’s collection using your Michigan Tech account. If your local library participates in the Visiting Patron Service, you can borrow items from its collections using your Michigan Tech HuskyCard or Van Pelt and Opie Library’s Courtesy Borrower’s Card.
If MeLCat isn’t an option, books and other returnables can be requested using your ILLiad account. We will locate a copy of the item and send it by U.S. mail to your location. You will be responsible for returning the item to us by the due date and for complying with all circulation and/or interlibrary loan policies. (Please note that we are unable to forward materials from other libraries (interlibrary loans) outside of the United States.)
Special Services for Faculty
Faculty may use the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program to access the collections of participating libraries throughout North America. A participation card is available from the Library and IT Service Center.
Research and Reference Help
Assistance from our Student Research Consultants and librarians is available through chat, email and telephone. Just Ask Us!