Remote Student Resources

As you study remotely, the Libraries provide you with expert help and services. Always check the W&M Libraries home page for the latest information about our hours and services.

Book Delivery Service

Need a book that’s available at W&M Libraries? If you are studying remotely, we’ll mail it to you! Submit requests for materials owned by W&M Libraries through the W&M Libraries Search tool.

  1. When you find the item you need, sign into your library account to request it.
    Gold bar with Sign In link in the Libraries Search Tool.
  2. Click the Request button located beside "Request Options". You may need to click on the library name in the Request box in order for the button to appear.
    Find or Request section of the Libraries Search Tool showing the location of the Request button in gold.
  3. Complete the request form. On the last line, indicate you'd like the item mailed to you:
    Request form in the Libraries Search Tool with fields for material type, address, and details including whether you need the item mailed.

Interlibrary Loan

We can deliver journal articles and book chapters from other libraries directly to you at no charge. Request non-W&M items through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) portal.

Reeder Media Center Computers

Have a media project but you're studying remote? You can now use a Reeder Media Center computer remotely! You still need to book it online like you would a physical workstation or studio. When you make your reservation, please indicate in your request that you want to use it remotely.

Remember that remote access happens over a network, so it may not be as fast as using a computer in-person. You also won't be able to hear the computer sound.

Online Materials and Tools

W&M Libraries have thousands of books, articles, streaming audio and video, and more to support your curiosity and learning.

  • W&M Libraries Search
    Use the filters on the left-hand side of the search results screen to focus on books, eBooks, streaming audio or video, and other online resources. You can also use the “Online Only” tab to limit your results to those items that are only available online.
  • Articles & Research Databases
    We have hundreds of databases that provide access to digital articles, video, and more!
  • Research Guides
    Research Guides are lists of databases, links, and other resources that align with a particular subject or course.
  • Off-Campus Access
    If you are not on campus, you can still log in via the Libraries website using your W&M credentials to access library databases and other resources!

Renew Books Online

You can also renew your books online - just log into your Library Account. You will see your active loans displayed on the Loans section. Look for the title you need to renew and click renew. You can also renew all your active loans by selecting Renew All.

Research Support

If you need help getting started or finding specific information or data for an assignment, reach out to the liaison librarian for your discipline for further assistance. Our Liaison Librarians can answer your questions through the Ask a Librarian chat service or as part of a remote research consultation (available via email or Zoom).

Returning Materials

No need to fret about late fees - due dates for all items have been extended for those unable to come to campus. If you request mailed W&M Libraries materials, a UPS return label will be sent to you along with the materials. When you’re finished with them, you may pack your items in a box or mailer and drop them off at your nearest UPS location.

Graduating or non-returning students: You may also complete the Courtesy Returns Form and return your materials to any eligible college or university library within the state of Virginia, either by taking them into the library or placing them in the library’s book drop. That VA college/university library will mail your books back to W&M on your behalf. View a complete list of eligible Virginia colleges & universities.

If you lost your return label or you did not receive one, please contact swcirc@wm.edu.

Materials can also be returned at Swem or any of the library book drops in the parking lot behind Swem, the front lobby of Swem, or the Wolf Law Library book return. 

Virtual Library Events

Join the W&M Libraries community for activities, book talks, and panel sessions, which will occur virtually in Fall 2020. Visit the W&M Libraries Events calendar and register for events that align with your interests.

Contact Us

Have other remote needs? New ideas for how the Libraries can help you off-campus? Send your comments to us.