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Library Resources for Remote Research & Instruction: Home

This guide will point you to resources that will help you do research and teach remotely.

We're Here to Help

Welcome to the Mansfield Library and Payne Family Library's Remote Research & Instruction Guide. 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 for research or instructional purposes no matter where you are studying or working. Explore the services and instructions throughout the guide, and please contact us with questions!

This guide provides timely information that assists UM students and faculty transition to remote learning and teaching. Please check back frequently for updates.

Connecting to Your Library Account from Off Campus

Logging into your NetID (if you're a UM student or employee) or your Montana Borrower account (alumni, retirees, or the general public) will give you the most complete search results:*

  • From the library home page, click the on “My Library Accounts” in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Click on “My Library Account (OneSearch)" and log in using your NetID or Montana Borrower account.

*NOTE: If you are connecting to wifi on campus using your personal laptop, be sure to connect to eduroam (instead of grizzlyguest) for the best experience. Many library resources are inaccessible with grizzlyguest. Learn more about how to connect to eduroam.

Currently Free Resources (in response to COVID-19)

In addition to the 200+ databases the library provides for the UM community (via NetID access off-campus), below are resources currently free in response to the virus outbreak, including many that offer eTextbooks and eBooks.

Research Assistance

Need Research Help?
  • Consult the online research guides for subject-specific guidance as well as information on citation formatting, copyright, and open educational resources, among other topics.
  • Ask questions via "Chat with a Librarian" from the library homepage from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. Submit questions using the "Email a Librarian" link from the library homepage outside of those hours.
  • Schedule a Zoom meeting for in-depth research assistance by contacting us.
  • Check out our set of online videos and tutorials covering information literacy and critical thinking, as well as related topics and skills.

Need Help with Citations?

How Do I Access Course Reserve Materials not Available Online?

Physical Course Reserve materials are not available while the Mansfield Library is closed. Whenever possible we will provide electronic copies of physical Course Reserve materials, and we will purchase electronic versions if available. Please contact or call us at 243-4071 if you need access to a Course Reserve item.

Request Books and Journal Articles

For the time being, we are unable to loan books or make appointments for individuals to browse the stacks. Submit requests for all articles, either owned by the Mansfield Library or not, through Interlibrary Loan. This link is also listed on the library website. You will get an email from with a link to the article when it is available.

Due Dates and Renewals

Due dates have been extended to the end of the semester or upon further notice. As of this year, University of Montana students, faculty and staff no longer receive overdue fines on general items. However, failure to renew or return an item after it is 40 days overdue will result in the item being billed to the borrower as lost. Users can renew general items online from the library website by logging into their My Library Account. Please visit our Check Out Policies page for more details and contact the Circulation Department (406-243-4071 or if you have any check out-related questions or concerns. We're here to help!

How Do I Return Checked-out Library Materials?

Please return items at the end of the semester. We are not currently accepting items back, the book drop is closed and we are not receiving mail.  Contact the Circulation Department (406-243-4071 or if you have questions about materials you have checked out.

Can I Still Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

At this time, we have temporarily suspended ILL services for physical items. It is still possible to use ILL to receive electronic articles via email. We strive to provide the most efficient turnaround time possible for requests (usually 1-4 days), although wait times may currently be longer than usual.