Online Access and E-Resources Center

Purdue Libraries Remote Access Resources Guide

Updated 1 year 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.
  • 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.

Electronic Course Reserves: Library Reading List

Continuing until further notice, we will no longer circulate print course reserve materials. Instead, you can use our new “Library Reading List” tool for electronic course reserves, integrated with Brightspace.  Visit us online to learn more, or send us an email at to get started.

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 books and journal articles not found in the Purdue Libraries collections.

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

Please return your loaned Libraries' materials to any book drop of your choice. 

Patrons may return ILL materials to any book return sites. 

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