Off Campus Library Services

Our Mission

The mission of Tennessee State University Off-Campus Library Services is to provide access to the Library's resources and services in order to meet the informational needs of off-campus students and faculty. Access is to be available to users in a timely manner and to assist them in gaining skills necessary to become lifelong learners.

Off-Campus Library Services

Off-Campus Library Services provide immediate access to library resources which include delivery of journal articles by mail, fax or InterLibrary Loan.  Library users have the ability to access online databases, the online catalog, and information on the Library's homepage from remote sites. Library staff provides services that are pertinent to the unique needs of off-campus students and faculty including database searching, answers to quick reference questions, and instruction in the use of appropriate sources via e-mail, telephone, fax, and mail. In addition, the library assists students via the Embedded Librarian program within online, hybrid and on ground courses. The Ask Us reference service is also available via e-mail.

Library Research Assistance

All currently enrolled Tennessee State University and TN eCampus students may contact us at (615) 963-5205. For interlibrary loan requests, students and faculty may use the online form provided on Library's homepage, or get in touch with Toccara Porter, (615)963-5206. 

Remote Access to Tennessee State University Library Collections

  • Connecting to the Library's Homepage
    The Library's Homepage contains valuable information about resources and services. The library provides a variety of resources and information on its homepage including General Information about the library, Ask Us, Online Catalogs, Athena Project, Off-Campus Resources, Online Reserve Materials (E-Reserves), Digital Resources, Periodical Holdings, Online Journals, Online Forms, Survey Form and Results, Library Orientation, New Books/Media, Black History Resources, Books in Print, Departments, Tennessee Resources, Government Resources, Virtual Reference Desk, and Services.
  • Online Catalog
    From the main library screen click on Catalog. From there you can select to search the Tennessee State University Library catalog via the web and Athena, a resource sharing network of Nashville are libraries providing virtual access to book collections of participating libraries, electronic books include Books 24x7, EBSCO eBooks,etc.
  • Online Databases
  • Off-Campus Resources provide access to all online databases, electronic books, and electronic journals.
  • Periodicals provide information about the library's online and print holdings.
  • TN eCampus provides links to participating TN eCampus libraries including their online catalogs, tutorials, and other pertinent information

Borrowing Books

Off-Campus and TN eCampus Library users may borrow up to 10 books at a time by completing the online Interlibrary Loan request form on the Library homepage under Interlibrary Loan. The loan period is 4 weeks from the date of dispatch to allow delivery time in both directions. Books must be received back at Tennessee State University Library prior to the due date. Fines may result in failing to do so. Loans of TSU books may be extended 2 weeks via telephone or e-mail. You may contact Circulation Manager at (615) 963-5242. Please be aware that some library materials including reference books, serials, rare and special collection books, and microforms are not available for loan.

Students and faculty may use the TN eCampus libraries and/or check out books with current ID cards or course payment slips.

Students and faculty may use the University of Tennessee and TN eCampus Libraries via Tennessee Academic Library Collaborative (TALC) cards. TALC cards are available at the Main Campus Library Circulation Department. You may find more information about at TALC.

Library Orientation and Instruction Classes

Library Orientation and Instruction classes may be scheduled by the Off-Campus and TN eCampus Faculty at any remote site or at the Main Campus or Avon Williams Campus Libraries. The sessions may include orientation to the libraries including the Library homepage, searching the online catalogs, online databases and the Internet, Ask Us, and PowerPoint presentations. In addition, the Library provides Information Literacy Mini Courses in selected subject fields. Please more information, click on Electronic Resources and Information Literacy. To schedule orientation classes or for additional information, please contact us at (615) 963-5205.

Electronic Reserves

The Library encourages faculty to upload copies of journal articles, book chapters and other documents into their E-Learn content area.

TN eCampus Questions

For questions relating to TN eCampus services, call us at (615) 963-5206.

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