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Library Resources in the Time of COVID-19

Use this guide to learn how to access library resources online and get virtual support with your research during the COVID-19 pandemic closure.

Requesting Physical Library Materials

If necessary, LMU students, faculty, and staff have the option to either pick up physical library materials from the LMU Distribution Center or have them shipped to their residence, depending on their geographic location. See below for details on both options, including steps and eligibility. 

To start, place a request by searching in the catalog for library books you're interested in. 


Step 1: Search for the book you need in the library catalog.

You can search by keywords, title, author, or advanced searchFor more help: Check out the Searching the LINUS catalog video or go to our Get Help page to chat with a librarian.

Step 2: Make sure the book is available in the library. 

Some books may be checked out already by others in your class or researching the same topic. If the item you are looking at doesn't have Item Status: Available, it is not available for pickup or delivery. If there is no Item Status at all, look for a link - it may be an e-book!

Step 3: Check the location of the book. 

Items in locations Main Stacks, Popular Reading (POP READ), Curriculum Materials Collection (CMC) and most books in Basement Storage (excluding journals and VHS tapes or other media) are available to check out for pickup or mail. DVDs in the Circulation Desk location are also available for checkout with a one-week loan period, only through the pickup service.

Step 4: Request the book by filling out the request form by clicking "Request this item"

Interested in requesting a book that's unavailable in our library catalog through Link+? Visit the Interlibrary Loan / Link+ tab for more information.

Interested in getting a scanned copy of a chapter instead of the whole book? Visit the Scanning Options tab for more information.

Step 5: Make sure to complete all your contact information and book information you know. 

This will help us make sure we locate the right item for you. 

Pick up library materials at the LMU Distribution Center

Who can request items for pickup? 

  • LMU undergraduate & graduate students, faculty, and staff who live within 25 miles of campus.

    • Those not authorized to access campus regularly will be sent a signup link for a time slot to stop by Distribution between Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30am-4pm. The Department of Public Safety manages access to campus and library staff cannot make changes to the time slots available, so please request a scanned book chapter instead if you will need materials more quickly. 

    • Faculty and staff authorized to work on campus regularly may access the Distribution Center during its open hours, Monday – Friday, 7:30am-4pm. There is no need for an appointment.

Where is the pickup location?

The LMU Distribution Center is located in Parking Level 2 of University Hall, on the west side of the parking near Campus Graphics. Please bring your OneCard or other ID (like a driver's license) with you. 

Turnaround time: 

  • 3-4 business days 

Materials available to request for pickup:  

  • Books from the Main Stacks, Basement Storage, Popular Reading Collection, and Curriculum Materials Collection. Most books will be checked out for one semester (students) or one academic year (faculty). Popular Reading Collection and Curriculum Materials Collection books will be checked out for a 6-week loan.

  • DVDs  (1 week loan, renewable)

  • Interlibrary loan book requests (turnaround time will vary based on shipping time from lending library, and checkout periods will vary based on the lending library). 

Questions or concerns

Please reach out to us at if you have questions about non-circulating books (in collections like Reserves, Reference) or other items. If we cannot lend a book, we can help you scan a section for your course or scan a section for your personal research. If you have questions about interlibrary loan requests, please reach out to

Mail delivery of print library materials

Who can request?

  • All LMU students, faculty, and staff living more than 25 miles from the LMU campus and within the United States. Due to the cost of shipping books, we encourage those living closer to campus to use the pickup option whenever possible.

  • We regret that we cannot ship outside the United States, due to cost, risk of loss, and shipping time - please reach out to us at or to investigate other options like scanning or e-book purchasing. 

Turnaround time: 

  • 5-10 business days (including processing and shipping time) 

Shipping method:  

  • USPS Media Mail with a tracking number 

  • Return postage for USPS Media Mail will be included in the package.  

  • Instructions and a list of books sent in one package will be included in your confirmation email. Requestor will be responsible for mailing the same items back and following labeling directions for the package.  

Materials available to request by mail:  

  • Books from the library’s collections with long term checkout dates, including Main Stacks and most Basement Storage items. Popular Reading Collection and Curriculum Materials Collection books may also be checked out, for a six-week loan. 

  • Selected interlibrary loan requests, with permission from the lending library. (Turnaround times will vary based on lending library, and checkout periods will be set by the lending library.)

Questions or concerns

Please reach out to us at if you have questions about non-circulating books (in collections like Reserves or Reference) or items not currently available.

If we cannot lend a book, we can help you scan a section for your course or scan a section for your personal research - see Scanning Options.

Students living outside the United States

International students and others living outside the United States can still access our e-book collection and request PDF scans via interlibrary loan (see Scanning Options). Learn more about accessing resources outside the United States

Physical Reserves

Print reserve services will be unavailable for Spring 2021. To maximize access to course materials for students, we encourage faculty to consider creating online course-packs using articles and sections of books, and/or to explore open and affordable alternatives that can be linked and freely accessed from Brightspace. More information is available on our faculty page.