Distance Services

(The services and policies explained on this page apply only to students who are currently enrolled in Nashotah House Distance Learning courses.)

It is our policy to provide those who are enrolled in Nashotah House distance learning courses all of the rights and privileges usually accorded to on-campus seminarians of the House. The Library will make all reasonable accommodations to overcome the obstacles presented by distance. Nevertheless, we encourage distance learners to form appropriate relationships with public libraries and with college or university libraries in their own area in order to have convenient access to essential reference materials and in order to obtain other materials without the lag of shipping times. Many college and university libraries allow local residents to purchase a library membership for a modest fee. Most distance learners will find that using the services of the Nashotah House library in conjunction with the library resources in their local area will result in the best and fastest access to needed materials. The following are some key services available specifically for distance learners:

How do I check out books from the Nashotah House Library?

Use the HouseCat Catalog to identify books in the Library's collections and submit requests for those items. Before requesting a book, be sure to check local libraries to save you the time it takes to deliver the book by mail and to avoid shipping expenses. Students assume responsibility for return postage and for returning the book on time and in good condition. The loan period is 8 weeks to allow for time in transit.

How can I access the Nashotah House Library's databases?

The Nashotah House Library offers an array of general and subject-oriented databases, some providing full text. In particular, the Library offers the ATLAS database which includes full text articles for many core theological journals, the  Ebrary Religion and Philosophy Collection, which contains the full text of 2700 recently published books, and the ATLA Historical Monographs Collections, which contain over 30,000 volumes published in the field of religion between the 13th century and 1923! These and other databases are accessible to distance learners from off-campus by obtaining a user name and password from the Library. This login information is provided to students during their on-campus intensive, but if you have forgotten your username or password, consult the library's FAQ page or send an email to the library circulation assistant or call 262-646-6535. Choose a database from among those listed above or from the comprehensive Database List page.

How can I get journal articles from the Nashotah House Library?

Many magazines and journals are available electronically to distance learners. To identify these titles, use the databases as described above. You may also use the HouseCat Catalog to verify that the Library carries the journal you need in hard copy, and submit a request for the item via email: circ@nashotah.edu. Articles will be faxed, emailed, or mailed. Remember to obtain articles locally whenever possible. Photocopy charges will be billed to the student's House account at the rate of 5 cents per page.

When should I use Interlibrary Loan?

When the item you need is not listed in the HouseCat Catalog or in the collections of the local libraries to which you have access, you should request it through Interlibrary Loan via the services offered by a local public or other local library at which you have privileges. If no local library offers you this service, you may submit your request to loan@nashotah.edu. The difficulty with this latter scenario is that the lending library will send the book or journal article to the Nashotah House library, and the library staff will need to remail it to you: this results, of course, in an additional delivery delay.

Who can I contact for further help?

Feel free to email the circulation assistant or the librarian or telephone the library at (262)-646-6535.