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Distance Learners: Distance Learners

Everything you need to know about using the Library as a distance learner.

Contacting You

It's important that you check your university email account regularly, or set up auto-forwarding to your personal email account; messages about recalled loans and reservations are always sent via email.

Computer Accounts

If you visit the campus you are welcome to use the computers in the Library, or you can bring your own device and connect to BGU wi-fi. 

For more information on this and other library facilities see Spaces, Facilities and Equipment.

Borrowing Resources

As a distance learner, although most of the library resources you use will be online (see the box about WorldCat below), you are entitled to borrow physical resources.  We do however strongly advise that you consider if and how you will be able to return these if they were to be recalled (especially one week loans).

You can return loans in person or by placing them in the drop box outside the Cornerstone Building.  Your library card is not needed to return loans, only to borrow them.  

Loans can be posted back to us at your own expense but please make sure you ask for proof of postage.  

You can read more about borrowing, returning, renewing and reserving library resources on our Borrowing pages.  


It's important to know about our library catalogue, WorldCat, and what it can do for you.  WorldCat contains the record of every physical resource in the Library. It's also how you access the bulk of our ebooks and journal articles, and where you sign-in to your library account to monitor your loans.

Campus access to online resources via WorldCat is automatic, but if you use WorldCat off-campus you may be prompted to login with your BGU username and password.

For more about online resources click here and for more about WorldCat click here

Resource Request Services

We offer a number of resource request services including reservations, postal loans, document supply and scanning.  Read more about these services here.  

Your Library / ID Card

If you intend to visit the Library, borrow resources, use our printers or photocopiers, or use university car parks you will need a university ID card.  To obtain one contact the IT Helpdesk

Using Other Libraries

As a distance learner it’s worth considering using libraries other than ours.  Public libraries are an obvious example, but there may be other types of libraries you can visit too. For more about this please see Using Other Libraries.