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Library Resources for Distance Education

A brief guide to library resources and tools for NMSU's distance students.

Request It! (Interlibrary Loan)

Search the world's largest network of library content., WorldCat.  Then, click the  or  link to have it sent to you via Interlibrary loan. The book info should automatically fill in, and all you have to do is submit your request.

To obtain materials (books, articles, etc.) that are not available at the NMSU Library, use the service.

Use the service if

  • You need a book or article that is not available at NMSU.


  • You need a book or article that is available at another NMSU campus.


  • You are faculty or a Ph.D. candidate and would like to have a book or article delivered to or picked up from your office.

To access Request It directly from a database, look for the button or a link to Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Otherwise, go directly to the Request It form:

Check Out Books From Other Libraries

The UTEP agreement allows students, faculty, and staff of New Mexico State University to borrow books directly from the library at the University of Texas at El Paso. To check out books, present your current NMSU ID at the UTEP Library circulation desk near the main entrance. Books belonging to the UTEP Library may be returned to either of the NMSU Library's circulation desks, where they will be returned to the UTEP Library for you via courier service.

PASSPORT is a program established by the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries to simplify reciprocal borrowing between most academic libraries in New Mexico. Currently all academic institutions except UNM Medical Library participate in this program, allowing students, faculty, and staff to borrow books directly when bearing a PASSPORT certificate. To obtain a certificate simply stop by either NMSU Library circulation desk or fax a completed application to 575-646-1470. This certificate is then surrendered at the circulation desk of the library you are visiting. A borrower must be in good standing with the NMSU Library to qualify for PASSPORT. Each library established its own regulations, and it is the borrower's responsibility to honor the lending library's rules. In many cases, borrowed books can also be returned to the lending library via courier service. Ask at either NMSU Library circulation desk for information regarding libraries participating in this service.

New Mexico academic libraries which participate in PASSPORT are:

Albuquerque Tech Voc Inst Library NMSU at Carlsbad Lib & Media Center

Clovis Community College Library NMSU at Grants Library

College of Santa Fe Library Northern NM Community College Library

College of the Southwest Library St. John's College Library

Dona Ana Branch Community College Library San Juan College Library

Eastern NM Univ Library Santa Fe Community College Library

Eastern NM Univ Library Santa Fe Community College Library

Eastern NM Univ at Roswell Library Southwestern College/Quiby Memorial Library

Luna Vocational-Technical Inst Library University of NM, University Libraries

NM Highlands University Library University of NM, Law Library

NM Inst of Mining and Tech Library University of NM at Gallup Library

NM Junior College, Pannell Library University of NM at Los Alamos Library

NM Military Inst Library University of NM - Valencia Campus Library

NMSU Library at Las Cruces Western NM University, Miller Library NMSU at Alamogordo Library

The UACJ/NMSU agreement facilitates reciprocal borrowing between the NMSU Library and the library at the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez. To participate, stop by either circulation desk for a reciprocal borrowing certificate. Loan periods will be determined by the lending library and privileges will be valid for the duration of the current semester. You will be responsible for returning all borrowed items, as there is not courier service between the two institutions.