Services for Distance Students



View JBU library online resources by subject, type, or database title. For step-by-step instructions on logging in to library resources remotely, see here.


JBU Library Search

Search for articles and books in over 20 databases. Advanced Search

Tip: Use quotes for an exact match.

Search ProQuest ebrary or EBSCO for electronic books.

Search the JBU library catalog for books.

Search for journals, magazines, and newspapers by title. Results are for full-text availability. Browse by Subject


Research Assistance

Not sure where to start?  Having trouble with our online databases?  Need help finding appropriate library resources for your assignment?  Please reach out – we're here to help!

  • Phone: (479) 524-7153
  • Email: 
  • Chat: use the widget in the bottom corner of the web page.

We endeavor to respond to messages by the next business day when we cannot provide immediate help. When contacting us, please identify yourself as a distance student so that we can better assist you.

For do-it-yourself tips on how to find various types of resources, see our Research Help page.

Interlibrary Loan

Items not available through the library may be obtained from other libraries through our interlibrary loan service. Articles will typically be delivered to you electronically (usually in 1-3 days). Books can be mailed to you, but you are responsible for return postage.

Note: For print books and other physical media, you may wish to check with your local library to see if they provide interlibrary loan service. They may be able to acquire materials for you more quickly, and with longer loan periods, than we can.

Document Delivery

Good news for online students: more than 75% of our books and 95% of our journal articles are available online. But if you discover that you need something that JBU only has in print, you can request scans of selections from materials for digital document delivery. This does not apply to whole books, but if you need an article from a reference work or periodical or a chapter from a book, we can provide it to you digitally. You will need to identify the portion needed, the more precisely the better. (TIP: If our catalog doesn't give sufficient detail to figure out which part of a book you need, looking at the previews in Google Books or Amazon may help. Finding the item you're looking for in the bibliography of another book or article can also help.) Use your ILLiad account to enter the information about the document you need in a New Request form. Contact a research librarian if you need help with this process.

Books By Mail

You can request books from our collection to be mailed to your address. Please be aware that with postal service delays, it may take several weeks for your request to arrive. You are responsible for return postage. Use the JBU Catalog to identify the materials you need and contact us at or 479-524-7202 to make your request. 

Reciprocal Borrowing (ARKLink)

Use this form to request an ARKLink card to access more than 50 college and university libraries across the state of Arkansas. 

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers online tutoring appointments if you desire assistance in improving your academic writing skills. These appointments are conducted live over the web via internet chat. Visit the Writing Center Appointment portal, register for an account, and sign in to view available online appointment slots.