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Online & Distant Students: About Books

Library services and tips for students enrolled in online and off-campus programs.

Getting books from Foley

If you are looking for a particular book, the fastest way to find it is with a title browse search.

1. On the library homepage, select Browse Search.

Image of the Foley search box with the "Browse Search" button circled

2. Select a List to Browse from the drop down menu, select Title.

3. Type the beginning of the title of the book and hit enter.

A browse search is not quite like a normal search. It will pull up the exact result and anything near it alphabetically in the browse list. What it won't do is show you search results that are close to, but not quite, what you searched for. The best method for finding a title is to type the first three or four words of the title exactly and see what comes up.

A note about articles (the grammar kind, not the journal kind!):

If your title starts with A, AN, or THE, leave the article off and start with the next word. For instance, instead of The Lord of the Rings search for Lord of the Rings.

THIS and THAT are always included in the title, i.e. That Hideous Strength would be found by searching for That Hideous Strength, not Hideous Strength.

On campus returns:
  • Books can be dropped off at the circulation desk, the book drop inside or outside the building, or the return box in the basement of College Hall.
Mailing books for distance learners:
  • If you are unable to come to campus, you are responsible for return postage.
  • Package books to avoid damage - If you received the book via mail, use the same box or envelope they came in if it's in good condition.
  • If the book you are returning is an ILL and the due date is close, send an email to to let us know the books are on their way.
  • If you know you will be coming to campus and would prefer to return the books at that time, let us know:
    • Email for ILL books
    • Email for Foley owned books
  • A yellow return address label is included when we send the books to you. You can also print the label provided here.

Finding eBooks at Foley Library

  • Search for a book title or keyword from the main "Books and More" search box on the Foley Homepage
  • On the right hand navigation in your results select Availability > Full Text Online  and select Format > Book

Library Books and Distant Students

Books from Foley Library

  • See the box on the left to find out how to request a book from Foley Library.
  • Books from Foley Library  are checked out to graduate students until the end of the semester. You may renew a book up to two times, unless requested by someone else.
  • If you are a distant student, books are mailed to you when you place a request.
  • Library policies regarding lost/damaged book charges apply to both on campus and distant students. 
Books from other Libraries - Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

Get more information about Interlibrary Loan:

  • Go to the Foley Library homepage  and  click on WorldCat.
  • Search for item(s) you need
  • Use the Request via Interlibrary Loan link to place a request.

ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME!  When we borrow a book from another library, it is sent to us first and then we mail them to you. Requesting books through ILL is are not a good option for "last minute" research.

IF A BOOK ARRIVES IN THE MAIL ON (OR AFTER) THE DUE DATE? This does happen on occasion. Contact us immediately if it happens to you.  We will renew the book and do our best to get you more time from the lending library.  Call 509-313-3824 or e-mail

Not so distant? Due to the increasing cost of mailing books, we're asking students who live just outside the 35 mile radius (some areas of Coeur d'Alene, Dalton Gardens and Hayden in Idaho for example) to consider coming to campus to pick up and return books.

Returning Books

  • You are responsible for return postage.
  • Package books to avoid damage - use the same box or envelope they came in if it's in good condition.
  • If it's close to the due date, send an email to to let us know the books are on their way.
  • COMING TO SPOKANE?  If you are coming to campus and would prefer to return books at that time, let us know:
  • A yellow return address label is included with books we send to you. You may also use the return address label provided as below.