Distance Education

If you are a Winona State University student enrolled as a distance student in classes from Winona or Rochester, Krueger Library staff will mail you books or scan and e-mail you articles from the Krueger Library collection, as well as deliver requested interlibrary loan materials.

You may download full-text articles from our databases directly to your computer.

This service is not for textbooks. Textbooks are available at the WSU bookstore.

A distance student, for library purposes, is a student currently enrolled at WSU who has classes officially scheduled by the registrar meeting less than once a week at Winona or for students who attend classes from a campus or site (home) other than Winona. Faculty who teach WSU distance classes but who do not come to Winona or Rochester are also eligible for distance services.

WSU students in the Rochester area also have access to some services at RCTC's Goddard Library.

At Goddard Library, WSU-R students can:

  • Use library computers and printers (Log on using the WSU network. You'll have access to your print quota, too).
  • Reserve study rooms.
  • Check out books.
  • Use databases while on campus.
  • Get reference help at the Reference Desk by phone, email, chat, or by appointment (however, many times students are referred to Krueger Library).
  • Use study spaces in the library.
At Goddard Library, WSU-R students cannot:
  • Use resource sharing services through Goddard Library.
  • Access databases and e-books from off campus.
Services that are not available through Goddard Library are still available through Krueger Library and, for the majority of your coursework, we recommend using Krueger Library's resources and services.

Things to note:

  • Please use your StarID login and StarID password.
  • Some forms have a “date needed” field. This is the date on which the computer will delete your request.
  • Requesting a short turnaround time may result in the computer deleting your request prematurely.
  • Please allow at least a week for processing.Books at Krueger Library

    Books at Krueger Library

    • Search for the book(s) in OneSearch from the library homepage.
    • Click on the title, then on "Request" above the title (you may need to sign-in with your StarID).
    • You will receive an email when your item is "On Hold." Reply to this email with your mailing address to have the item mailed to you. Note: You will be responsible for return shipping costs to return the book to Krueger Library.

      Books at Other Libraries

      To search for and request items from libraries worldwide using WorldCat, follow this step-by-step tutorial. If you receive an email asking you to pick the item up from the library, please reply stating you are a distance student and supply your mailing address. Many time our system identifies you as a Distance Student, however sometimes it does not.

      COVID-19 Update
      At this time, requesting books from other libraries is unreliable as many libraries have limited staff, closed collections, or are not open. We may not be able to get your requested book or there will be long delays in getting the book to you due to mail delays, material quarantines, or collection shortages. 

      It is better to request book chapters as these can be scanned and sent via email. 

      Articles Unavailable Full-Text & Not in Our Library

      When you are searching in a database, use the "Check for Full Text" button to find full text articles. Follow this step-by-step tutorial on finding full text articles in databases. If you select the Check for Full Text button and no full text is available at WSU, you can request the article from another library:

      • In the "How to Get it" section, log in with your StarID and StarID password.
      • Select Resource Sharing
      • All of the necessary article information will be filled in automatically. Check for accuracy.
      • Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Submit Request
      • On the next page agree to Copyright. Your request will be submitted. 

      If you already have a citation, use the CitationLinker to find full text. If Krueger Library does not have full text, request it from another library using the process above.


      Articles Unavailable Full-Text, but in Our Library

      • Fill out the Citation Linker form, and click "Go"
      • Request the article if the journal title is only available in hard copy in the library
      • Create an Article Request
      • Fill out as much as you can in the form, and submit request

        Delivery time depends on where the items requested and you are located. All timing is approximate. If the item is:

        • From Krueger Library, roughly 5 working days
        • From another library (in-state), roughly 10 working days
        • From another library (out-of-state),  up to 4 weeks 
        COVID-19 Update
        At this time, requesting books from other libraries is unreliable as many libraries have limited staff, closed collections, or are not open. We may not be able to get your requested book or there will be long delays in getting the book to you due to mail delays, material quarantines, or collection shortages. 

        It is better to request book chapters as these can be scanned and sent via email. 

        Troubleshoot

        Wondering where your item is? Check your library record and look at the status of your requests. If the status is:

         ILL. Rejected by partner  None of the libraries in our network can fill the request. Your request will be processed and sent out to libraries within the next business day.
         ILL. Locate failed  We couldn't automatically find a partner library to fulfill the request. Your request will be processed and sent out to libraries within the next business day.
         ILL. Request sent to partner  The request has been sent to other libraries, but the item hasn't shipped yet.
         ILL. Shipped Physically  The item has been shipped from another library.
         ILL. Physically received by library  The item has arrived at Krueger Library and is ready for you to pick up.
         ILL. Renewed by partner  The item has been renewed.
         ILL. Renew request not accepted  Renewal of the item has been declined.

        If the computer will not accept your request for any reason, email us at library@winona.edu with the information on the material that you are trying to obtain. Interlibrary Loan staff will process your request as quickly as possible.

        Track

        To track the status of your requests, log into your account and select "My Requests.”

        The results will not tell you the status of the item in its postal transit from our library to you, but it will tell you if we have received materials from other libraries, or if your request was rejected. If the computer will not display your requests, contact Susan Byom at sbyom@winona.edu with the information on the material that you are trying to view.

        Renew

        To renew requested items:

        1. Select "Renew Items" from library homepage
        2. Log-in with your StarID, then choose your name from the top right corner and select "My Loans." This will bring up a list of the books you have borrowed.
        3. Click on the box(es) next to the item(s) you wish to renew
        4. Click “Renew Selected Items” or “Renew all Items”

        Instructors or departments should send a list of distance students and their Warrior/Tech ID numbers to library@winona.edu. If the students are not in the registration system (i.e., your department is currently adding them) then also send their correct mailing addresses, telephone numbers and official WSU e-mail addresses. The library records will be verified to make sure each student's record is correct and a barcode number will be assigned and sent to each student.