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Are you taking a class at a distance? Find out what the Mansfield Library can do for you!


Our goal is to provide equitable library services for students and faculty off campus. As a student, staff, or faculty member at UM, you are entitled to useful and easy to use library services and resources no matter where you are. Explore the services and instructions below, and contact us with any questions.

Connect with Research Assistance

  • Ask questions via the online "Chat with a Librarian" or by phone (800-240-4939) from 10am-6pm Monday-Friday. Submit questions using the "Email a Librarian" link from the library homepage outside of those hours.
  • Schedule a phone call or online meeting for in-depth research assistance.
  • Consult the online research guides for subject-specific guidance as well as information on citation formatting, copyright, and open educational resources, among other topics.

Grow Your Research and Information Literacy Skills and Knowledge

Use Credo's Information Literacy – Core, a set of online videos, tutorials, and quizzes covering information literacy and critical thinking, as well as related topics and skills, to get started with your research and expand your skills. You will learn how to:

  • find relevant and reliable library and other research materials;
  • formulate appropriate, workable research questions; and
  • synthesize what you learn into a final product such as a research paper, including use of citations appropriate to your field of study.

Access Known Library Items and Resources

Library resources can be accessed from the library homepage.

  • To find a known article, book, media item, government document, or materials in the archives and special collections, enter the item title in the OneSearch search box (e.g., "Station Eleven").
  • To find a specific journal, click on the “Journals” tab above the OneSearch search box, and then search by the journal title (e.g., Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development).
  • To find a specific database, click on the “Databases” tab above the OneSearch search box, and then search by the name of a database, click on the letter the database starts with (e.g., P for PsycINFO), or click on the link “All” under “Browse by Title” to see a full list the subscription electronic resources available to you.

Get Physical Materials Sent to You

If you are currently enrolled in UM-Missoula off-campus courses, defined as those UM-Missoula courses that are received or taught away from the Missoula campus, you can request that books that are part of the Mansfield Library’s OneSearch system be mailed to you (as long as you are not also registered for classes on the Missoula campus).

Once a request is made and you receive a text or email telling you the item is available, respond to the message letting us know that 1) you are an online student requesting we mail you the material and 2) your address. We will then send the item to you in a mailer with a return address label on it. You will be responsible for mailing the material back before the due date.

For books, theses, dissertations, or other materials not owned by the Mansfield Library that you need, utilize your local library and their interlibrary loan service.

For further clarification on what can and cannot be requested, please contact Interlibrary Loan personnel at or 406-243-6736.

Get Items Not Owned by the Mansfield Library

As an online student, you can request articles and book chapters, either owned or not owned by the Mansfield Library, through Interlibrary Loan. You will get an email from with a link to an electronic version of the article or chapter when it is available.

See the box above for information on books and other physical items.