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Services for Distance Education Students


That's the motto of the Distance Learning Library Services program. All members of DBU’s Distance Learning community—students, faculty, and staff—have access to the resources and services of the DBU Library, no matter where you are:

  • DBU North
  • online via Blackboard
  • education cohort groups
  • other extension sites

Not only can you enjoy the same Library services and privileges as our on-campus students, you also have your own personal librarian!  Professor John Hong is the Director of Distance Learning Library Services, and he and his staff are eager to serve all of your information needs.  You can contact him via phone or email for personalized, on-the-spot assistance:

214.333.5225               1.800.483.7048     

For more in-depth information on all our services for distance students, visit our

Off-campus and online students don't need to visit the campus in order to check out a book!  Just follow these directions:

  • Find the items you need by searching the Library’s online catalog.  (If we don't own the item you need, you may request it using our Interlibrary Loan service.)
  • If DBU owns the item you want, request it by completing the Distance Education Book Request Form. Be sure to provide complete and accurate information when completing the form.  Use one form for each item you need.
  • We will pull the items you requested and check them out in your name. Then we'll pack them up and mail them to you.  DBU pays the outgoing postage, but we ask that you pay return postage. A return mailing label will be provided for your convenience. You can request the reduced book rate at the post office to save money on postage. If you lose or misplace your return label, please mail the items to: 

Vance Memorial Library
Attn: Distance Learning
Dallas Baptist University
3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211

  • Distance students who check out books in this manner are subject to the same circulation policies as our regular patrons.

If you need an article from a journal or magazine owned by the Library, complete the Distance Education Article Request form. We will scan the article and email a PDF copy to you. To make sure you get the information you need, be sure to fill out the form accurately and completely. The Library does not lend printed issues of periodicals.

Note: if you need an article from a journal we do NOT own, complete the Interlibrary Loan Article Request form instead.


DBU’s Library provides its users with a large variety of online databases. These provide access to thousands of articles from scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, and other information sources. Many offer the full text of their articles for you to read online or print from your computer. If you know the name of the database you wish to use, visit our A-Z list and choose the letter for the database name.  If you’re not sure which one to try, use the Subjects drop-down list and select the subject that will best meet your needs. If you need assistance in using the databases, contact the Director of Distance Learning Library Services:

214-333-5225  /  1-800-483-7048  /


If your search leads you to an article or book NOT owned by DBU’s Library, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.


If you live in Texas, you may be able to find the items you need at a library near you by using your TexShare card. You can apply for a card online, and use it to borrow books from most academic and public libraries in Texas.

You are always welcome to use the Library when you visit the campus. The Library is located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Collins Learning Center, at the north end of the campus, between the Roberts and Strickland buildings. In order to check out materials, you must have a current DBU ID card, which may be obtained in the computer lab on the second floor of our building.
Our hours are:

M-F 6:30 a.m. to midnight
Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sun.* 2:30 p.m. to midnight


* Sunday hours vary during breaks. Please call to verify hours of service
during Fall, Winter, or Spring breaks. Summer hours will also vary.