Services for Distance Learners


Course Reserves via Blackboard

Required book chapters, articles, or other items that are required or additional reading may be placed on reserve by your class instructor. Articles, whenever possible,are scanned and placed in Blackboard by the Libraries. Items that have been placed on Course Reserve may be located by either searching the Course Reserves option or clicking on “Course Reserves” (when available) in your Blackboard course. Physical items, such as print books, or audio-visual materials, cannot be accessed via Reserves.


Print books can only be checked out and used by coming to the Binghamton University Libraries. However, e-books can be accessed and used by distance learners. E-books can be found by using Find It! or the Library Catalog, both accessible from the Libraries homepage. Directions on downloading and printing e-books can be found at the Finding and Using E-books subject page.

Electronic Resources

The Libraries subscribe to a number of electronic journals and databases. While you are enrolled as a student at BU, you have access to these resources for the purposes of research and private study. If you are a resident of New York State, you may also get a New York State Library (NYSL) Borrower's Card - This card allows you to borrow items from the New York State Library and to access a number of research databases, including ones that are not available at Binghamton University.

Subject Guides contains links to databases in addition to web resources that have been selected by your subject librarian for their authority and relevance. To determine if the Libraries offer full-text versions of specific journal titles consult the Journals search link on the Libraries’ homepage.

Off Campus Access to the Libraries’ Electronic Resources

When accessing BU-Only (buonly) materials  from off-campus, you will be required to provide your PODS username and password for off-campus access. More details are available on the Libraries’ Technical Help web page. If you still cannot access the Libraries’ resources, try logging in using SSL/VPN.

Interlibrary Loan (ILLIAD)

Journal, magazine and newspaper articles not owned by Binghamton University Libraries and not available in full-text from our electronic databases may be obtained from other libraries using our ILLiad service (requires registration). There is generally no charge for this service. Most articles are scanned and delivered electronically as a PDF file to your ILLiad account. You are notified by email that the item has arrived.

Distance learners should check their local public library to see if they offer Interlibrary Loan service for print books or other physical materials

Research Help

For help with general questions, use the Ask a Librarian link at the top of the Libraries’ homepage. Help can be provided via phone, email, text, or chat.

Subject librarians focus on a specific discipline or area and can be consulted for help with research, the library collections, or library policies. Help can be provided via phone or email.

Last Updated: 10/27/16