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Purdue Libraries Remote Access Resources Guide

March 18th, 2020

Get Help Online

Use our Ask a Librarian service for general assistance with Libraries resources. Email, live chat, texting, and tweeting are all available during varying hours. We are committed to expanding our ability to assist you online, but please understand that delayed responses may occur based on staff availability during this uncertain time.


Purdue Libraries has an expansive catalog on e-resources covering all disciplines represented at the University. Please explore our catalogs and A-Z Database for journals, databases, tools, and programs that you can use to further your academic studies, teaching, or research while you are away from campus.

If you encounter difficulty accessing an e-resource, please submit a support ticket.

Looking for an alternative to print?

  • Purdue faculty, staff, and students can still submit a request for an electronic version of a print book through our catalogs and staff will investigate if an online version is available for purchase.
  • Patrons can request a scanned electronic copy of a small portion, article, or chapter from a print resource through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Faculty, staff, and students can also submit a “Suggest a Purchase” form and we will investigate whether we can add to the electronic collection.

Course Reserves

We are currently revising our Course Reserve Request Form for instructors who wish to place Libraries materials on hold for student use. Currently, it is advisable to assign and direct students to e-resources whenever possible. All circulation of print resources, including course reserves, has been suspended. We are actively working with instructors to convert course reserves for the Spring 2020 semester to electronic formats.

Remote Librarian Consultations

Our liaison librarians are available for remote consultations with faculty, staff, and students via phone, email, or (in some cases) video conferencing. Please locate your librarian by subject, and contact them by email to arrange an appointment.

Connecting to Libraries through Boilerkey, VPN, and EZProxy

Please visit our Off-Campus Access page for guidance on connecting to the Purdue Libraries server from a distance. Please leave your Purdue workstation computer turned on when you leave campus to ensure ability to connect remotely.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan remains available to help source journal articles at this time, with restrictions.

Obtaining print materials through ILL is no longer feasible. However, requests for articles and chapters that can be scanned or obtained electronically may still be processed.

All ILL shipping methods and deliveries are currently suspended, including those to Purdue Online students.

Books on the ILL hold shelf will remain on hold until the Libraries re-open, and renewals will be discussed at that time, if needed.