Online Access and E-Resources Center

Purdue Libraries Remote Access Resources Guide

Updated 2 weeks ago

Get Help Online

Use our Ask a Librarian service for general assistance with Libraries resources. Email, live chat, texting, and tweeting are all available during varying hours. We are committed to expanding our ability to assist you online, but please understand that delayed responses may occur based on staff availability during this uncertain time.

Send an email to Purdue archivists for assistance from Archives & Special Collections. 


Purdue Libraries has an expansive catalog on e-resources covering all disciplines represented at the University. Please explore our catalogs and A-Z Database for journals, databases, tools, and programs that you can use to further your academic studies, teaching, or research while you are away from campus.

Purdue Archives and Special Collections’ materials available online can be found in our e-Archives

If you encounter difficulty accessing an e-resource, please submit a support ticket.

Looking for an alternative to print?

  • Purdue faculty, staff, and students can still submit a request for an electronic version of a print book through our catalogs and staff will investigate if an online version is available for purchase.
  • Scanning and sending of print resources is not available at this time. This includes course reserves. Please work with a liaison librarian to locate alternative electronic resources if needed.
  • Faculty, staff, and students can also submit a “Suggest a Purchase” form and we will investigate whether we can add to the electronic collection.

Course Reserves

We are currently revising our Course Reserve Request Form for instructors who wish to place Libraries materials on hold for student use. Currently, it is advisable to assign and direct students to e-resources whenever possible. All circulation and scanning of print resources, including course reserves, has been suspended.

We are exploring options for e-course reserves for future semesters. 

Remote Librarian Consultations

Our liaison librarians are available for remote consultations with faculty, staff, and students via phone, email, or (in some cases) video conferencing. Please locate your librarian by subject, and contact them by email to arrange an appointment.

Our archivists can be reached to request remote consultations and research assistance by sending an email to

Connecting to Libraries through Boilerkey, VPN, and EZProxy

Please visit our Off-Campus Access page for guidance on connecting to the Purdue Libraries server from a distance. Please leave your Purdue workstation computer turned on when you leave campus to ensure ability to connect remotely.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan remains available to help source journal articles at this time, with restrictions.

Obtaining print materials through ILL is no longer feasible and all scanning services have been suspended.

All ILL shipping methods and deliveries are currently suspended, including those to Purdue Online students.

Books on the ILL hold shelf will remain on hold until the Libraries re-open, and renewals will be discussed at that time, if needed.

Please visit the ILL page for more information.

Renew Materials Online

You may renew most borrowed materials by the due date to extend your current loan period.

  • Online in My Library Account
  • By phone (765) 494-0369
  • For ITAP Equipment (cameras, tripods, etc.), please email or call (765) 494-3751.

Returning Materials

The lending period for items currently checked out has been extended until further notice and these items will not accrue overdue fines. However, if you would like to return your borrowed materials while you are on campus, we have three available return locations:

  • The Hicks Undergraduate Library book drop has been moved to the mezzanine (above ground) level of the Hicks building lobby. Hours for book return beginning May 11th and until further notice are: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.
  • A book drop on the outside, near the north entrance of Stewart Center, next to the ADA-accessible entrance. This book drop is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Patrons may return ILL materials to any of these book return sites. All returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before being re-shelved.

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