Services for Distance Learners
These services are available to you if you are a distance learning student and are registered on an institutionally defined distance learning course OR registered to an accredited/validated course and situated either more than 50 miles or one hour’s travel away from a Cardiff University library
- Extended loans
- Postal loans
- Photocopies / Scanned Articles
- Interlibrary Loans
- Electronic Information Resources
- Extended Remote Access Service
- Literature Searches
- Information Literacy Training
Services for distance learning students will be obtained at the individual libraries. Please contact your library to register.
In principle, for one and two week loans the initial loan period will be doubled with further renewals of one or two weeks provided an item is not in heavy demand.
Postal loans are obtained by contacting the library responsible for your course subject - see this list of Libraries Listed by Subject to locate your library.
The issuing Library will pay outgoing postage and the student will pay return postage, unless an alternative arrangement is in place e.g. if this is paid for by the School.
Loans to students located outside the UK will be at the discretion of the Library Site Head.
Photocopies / Scanned Articles
The charge for a postal photocopying service or the email transmission of scanned articles is 10p per side.
Current procedures will apply with arrangements for postal loans and photocopies as detailed above. Contact your individual library for details.
Electronic Information Resources
Many information resources, including guides and tutorials are freely available on the web site.
You can access many of the databases and full-text electronic journals via your Cardiff University Login (username and password).
Information is available at any Library or see the Electronic Resources web pages.
Extended Remote Access Service
Information Services is working towards providing a solution via Citrix technology that will deliver equity of access to ALL networked information systems and resources irrespective of a user's geographical location or the device or method by which they connect.
Staff and students, including distance learners, undertaking research and training at outlying sites including NHS sites or from a home location will benefit from this improved method of access to the University Network.
As a minimum, if there are resources which cannot be accessed remotely, library staff will, where possible, provide this service for free
Information Literacy Training
These services will be tailored to the requirements and preferences of individual student groups in partnership with their Schools.