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Book Delivery to Distance Learning Students

Kent State University Libraries provides free-of-charge book shipment services for off-campus distance learning students who meet these criteria:

  • You live 30 or more miles from any Kent State University library (Kent campus or Regional campuses)
  • You do not come to any KSU Campus to attend class

To use this service, please follow these steps:

  1. Please complete the online Authorization Form.  We must have a copy on file before we can ship books and other returnable items to you.  Students must agree to pay for shipping and insurance costs when returning books or accept responsibility for any lost or damaged materials.
  2. Use KentLINK to search for books, click the "Request" button, and choose the pickup location "Kent-Registered Distance Learner."
  3. Use ILLiad to place requests for books that are not available through KentLINK or OhioLINK.  This is the same system used for article requesting and Interlibrary LoanILLiad uses your FlashLine log-in information. Provide us with your preferred shipping address--we can ship to your home or office--and be sure to select "Distance Learner" under the "Which Kent State Campus?" pull-down menu.
  4. Keep in mind that turn-around time for your receipt of book shipments depends on many factors and cannot be guaranteed.  Normal delivery time of on-campus materials is two to three days. Some materials need to come from off-campus to the Library to be processed for delivery; this can add one to five or more days to normal UPS or Fed-Ex delivery times. Please plan your projects accordingly.    

Additionally, you may use OhioLINK to request books, including Kent State materials, and have them delivered to any nearby OhioLINK library.  There are over 100 available pick-up locations throughout the state of Ohio.  (Please note that KentLINK cannot be used for this purpose.)

If you have any questions about book delivery, please contact us at 330-672-1633 or