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Library Services for Distance Learners


The ODU Libraries are excited to welcome distance students to use our services and resources! We are here to help you succeed in your coursework and research. This guide will show you how to access and request materials and how to get help with your research. See the rest of our Library Guides for subject specific help and more!

Quick Help

Ask A Librarian and Library Chat are great ways to get quick help! You can access chat on almost every page on our website, including the bottom right-hand corner of this page. For Ask A Librarian, simply fill out the form linked below and we will respond within 24 hours.

Watch this one-minute video to learn more about our Help Service!

Research Appointments

If you need more in-depth help than an email or chat will allow, you can schedule an online appointment with a librarian. An appointment can range from a brief 15 minute session to a full hour. There is a librarian for every area of study at ODU as well as for our general education courses. Click on the link below to schedule an appointment!

Tutorials & Videos

If you enjoy self-directed learning, check out our tutorials, guides, and videos linked below!

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