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Distance Learners: Library Resources

A guide for distance learners on how to access library materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

What must I know before I complete a Materials Request?

  • Before you complete a materials request make sure you are eligible for this service and that you agree to the procedures and responsibilities as outlined below. 


Who is eligible for home delivery?

  • Any student enrolled at UWRF but not attending classes on campus (i.e., enrolled in Distance Ed classes).


What types of materials can be delivered?

  • In general, we will deliver most circulating items, including books, government documents, DVDs, and videos.


What delivery options are available?

For students who are unable to visit the library in person, the Chalmer Davee Library offers the following delivery options:

  • Circulating materials owned by the Chalmer Davee Library or requested through InterLibrary Loan (ILL) or UW Resource Sharing (RS) can be delivered to and from the UW or public library nearest your home or can be mailed directly to your home address. Home delivery of materials is restricted to current UWRF students who are enrolled in one or more distance education classes and who live outside the 30 mile radius to the River Falls Campus. Items will be sent via U.S. mail free of charge. Regular renewal and circulation policies of both UWRF and other lending libraries apply to these items.
  • All articles requested through ILL or RS will be sent to you electronically and free of charge through your university email account.


How do I return Items? 

If you receive a library item through the mail or pick one up at another public or university library, you are responsible for its return in a timely fashion. Students are responsible for their own return costs. There are multiple ways to return items:

  • Drop items off in person at the Chalmer Davee Library (or in the outside bookdrop located on the west side of the building near the main entrance doors to the first floor lobby)
  • Send the items via mail (media mail is usually less expensive than standard shipping)
  • Coordinate with another UW campus library (please contact the UW library before you drop the item off)
  • Coordinate with your local public library (please contact your library ahead of time to make sure that this service is available) 


If I'm mailing the item what is the mailing address?

Chalmer Davee Library

330 E Cascade Ave

River Falls, WI 54022


How long can UWRF items be kept?

  • For students the following materials circulate for 28 days: books, audiotapes, CDs, records, scores, theses, and government documents. 
  • The following materials circulate for 14 days to all patrons: video recordings and DVDs.
  •  Items that circulate for 28 days are subject to recall after 14 days. Items that circulate for 14 days are subject to recall after 7 days.

Note: Items borrowed from other libraries via ILL or RS will have varying due dates. The due date is established by the lending library and will be noted on the material loaned.


Who can I contact for help?

  • Contact a librarian if you need assistance finding information on your topic. If you have any questions concerning interlibrary loan please call the Interlibrary Loan Department at 715-425-3321 or send an email to Interlibrary Loan.