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Welcome to South College Library's webpage for Distance Education students. If you live more than 40 miles from any South College campus, this page has been designed with you in mind. Here you'll find information to help you with your coursework and research. The majority of our resources (ebooks, ejournals, databases, etc.) are available to you 24/7 via the library website. All you need is an internet connection. Our librarians are here to help you too. See the "Get Help From a Librarian" box to find various ways that you can get assistance from one of our librarians. 

Library Orientation for Distance Ed. Students

Are you a Distance Education student who is new to the South College Library and its resources and services? If so, this library orientation is a great starting point. Click on the link below to learn about the library, how to access its resources, and the services we provide to South College's Distance Education students. 

Library Services for Distance Ed. Students

Delivery Service for Distance Ed.

Students who live 40 or more miles from any South College campus may have library materials shipped to their home address. The borrower is responsible for shipping the materials back to the library. The library will send qualified students requested books and articles from journals included in the library’s collections, with the exception of ebooks or electronic journal articles that students can download themselves from the library's databases. The library will also send qualified students books and journal articles requested through the library’s interlibrary loan services. DVDs are not included in online delivery services.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan, also known as ILL, is a borrowing service. All currently enrolled students, including currently enrolled Distance Education students, can use this service to borrow books and journal articles, that the library does not have in its collection, from another lending library. South College Library facilitates the interlibrary loan for its students. Because of copyright law and licensing agreements, South College Library does not process ILL requests for textbooks or ebooks. South College Library's delivery service for Distance Education students applies to interlibrary loan materials. 

Request an ID

Distance Education students can request an ID card be mailed to them. To request an ID card, send a headshot photo, a photo of your driver's license for identification purposes, your South College ID number, and your mailing address to

Library Newsletter

The library sends out, via email, a quarterly newsletter to all enrolled students. This newsletter features important and useful information about library services and resources. It also contains helpful tips that can make learning, researching, and succeeding as a student easier. Read the most current issue here or catch up on one you may have missed. 

Helpful South College Contact Information (non-Library)

Help Desk 

Contact the Help Desk for answers to your Canvas, technology, testing software, courseware, and Microsoft account questions. The IT Help Desk link is located on the Current Students page of the South College website. Sign in with your Canvas username and password. 

South College Bookstore

Questions about textbooks required by your course and access codes should be directed to the South College Bookstore. You can order textbooks online through the South College Barnes & Noble Bookstore website ( You can also contact the bookstore at 865-251-1833 or email

South College Tutoring Labs

In addition to, South College offers its own tutoring labs to support students' learning. For more information on the Writing, Math, and Tech labs, click on the link below:


Get Help From a Librarian

South College Library's librarians are eager to assist you. If you have a library or research question, ask us!  There are several ways to reach us. During normal business hours (M-F), you can chat with a reference librarian through our Ask a Librarian service, text us at the number listed below, or email us at and we'll respond to your inquiry in a timely way.

For research assistance that requires more time, schedule an appointment with a librarian. See "Online Appointments" on this page for more information. 



Help with an Access Issue

Text: 865-217-7631

Online Appointments

Did you know that our librarians can meet with you via Zoom to help you with your research questions? If your questions are more complex or if the assistance you need would be better suited to a one-on-one meeting, contact a librarian to set up a research appointment.  Click on the "Make an Appointment" button to select a librarian, see their availability, and schedule a meeting. When your request has been received, you will receive a Zoom invite from the librarian. 

Useful Library Tutorials for Distance Ed. Students

Library Resources for Online and Distance Ed. Students

Guides and Tutorials
Books and Ebooks