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Distance Learning Services

How do I know if I can use this service?

As a pilot we have decided to extend the Distance Learning Service to part-time students living outside of the PR1, PR2 and PR5 postcodes.

You are also entitled to use this service if you're studying at any of the following:

  • Dental Education Centres - please complete the request forms available from the Dentistry Services pages

  • Non FEC Partner Institutions

  • On placement with an NHS Trust

  • Westlakes Campus

As part of the Distance Learning Service you are also entitled to the additional services detailed further below.

Distance Learning Book and Journal Requests

What services am I entitled to?

You have access to the same services as on-campus students including:

Additional Services

As a user of the Distance Learning Service you are also entitled to:

  • Postal book loans (UK & Ireland only)

  • Journal article supply

However, some services are restricted to students living in the UK and Ireland - for example, postal book loans and some electronic resources (because of licensing restrictions).

Please Note: You are responsible for the payment and safe return of any items borrowed.

Document Delivery
Learning and Information Services
Preston PR1 2HE

How do I access these services?

You are, of course, very welcome to visit the library in person, but if you can’t many of our services are available using email or the telephone. Further details of our services are available from these web pages.

To enquire about a book or journal request, or if you would like to offer any feedback please contact the Distance Learning /Document Supply Team Tel: 01772 892293, Fax: 01772 892991.

Access to Eresources - from the database pages follow the off-campus links - it is not necessary to use the Remote Access service (see below) for the majority of these resources.

If you can't find the information you need about e-resources, or any other services provided by Learning & Information Services, please contact LIS Customer Support.

Remote Access

The Remote Access services allow you to access your UCLan network account, the library's electronic resources and some core software applications from your own computer as if you were on-campus.

Book Loan Periods to Distance Learners

Please note the extended loan period is only valid when ordering items via the online Distance Learning Service. Items borrowed using the self-issue machines will be subject to standard loan periods.
Standard Loan - Period is 2 weeks, books are auto renewed 12 times. Subsequent to that fines will be issued for late returns.

Fines & Renewals

The initial extended loan periods are to allow for postage times for both receipt and return of the items.
Fines: will be incurred if the item is returned late for each day between the due date and date of postage.
Renewals: books will auto renew for a max of 12 times, however if an item has been reserved by another borrower it must be returned by the due date.