E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center

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Services for Distance Learners

Common Needs

Who is eligible for Distance Education services?

Services are offered to those Distance Learning students who are currently enrolled in only Distance Learning courses (offered by BHSU) and do not reside in Spearfish.

What services are offered?

Services include issuance of library cards (or barcode), reference assistance, and delivery of books and journal articles from our collection or via Interlibrary Loan.

How is a library card (or barcode) obtained?

BHSU students, faculty, and staff (as well as those from other South Dakota Regental Universities) must use their Student or Employee ID (Buzz Card). Local patrons can obtain a barcode by applying for a library card. A University ID or library barcode is required to check out materials from the library and to place an interlibrary loan.

How are library databases accessed?

A BHSU e-mail address and its corresponding password are required to access online research databases. Most research databases are available to off-campus students. You can retrieve your BHSU e-mail username from the BHSU Login Help system.

What types of Reference Services are available?

Services for distance students include checking citations, checking library holdings, answering questions regarding library databases and general guidance in conducting library research on a topic. Assistance can be obtained by using the Ask a Librarian link on the web page, or by calling the library Information Desk at 605-642-6250 Monday through Thursday 7:30am to 11:00pm, Friday 7:30am to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 2:00pm to 11:00pm during the regular academic semester.

What materials are available for loan by Distance Education students?

The most common requests are for books and periodical articles, although any format of material can be requested.

Is there a way to get online help searching the databases or looking for books?

Check out our instructional videos.

Contact Librarian

For additional assistance, please visit the Library or call Scott Ahola (Reference Librarian) at 605-642-6359 or Sara Freng (ILL Librarian) at 605-642-6358.