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Library information for distance students and programs

This guide provides information on library services for distance education students, faculty, and their programs.

Logging in to CourseSpaces

When you have signed up for a Distance Education course you will log in using the UVic NetLink ID and password.

If you need to check on your status or manage your  account or change your password see UVic NetLink ID

website for  instructions.

NetLink problems?  See FAQ: What if my NetLink ID doesn't work?

My Library Account

There are a couple of accounts you can login to on the Library's website which understandably may cause a bit of confusion.

As a distance student, the only account you need is your NetLink ID and password, which is the same one you use to login to your online courses in CourseSpaces.  It is also the login you need to access your course reserves, and to login to any of the Library's online databases, journals, ebooks, etc...

The 'My  Library Account' button, located on the UVic Libraries homepage as shown in the screenshot below,  is only for on-campus students who sign out print items from the library collection.  It allows them to see what they have signed out, on hold, any fines due, etc.  As a distance student, you can ignore this button.  You will discover that you cannot login.  The Distance Learning and Research unit of the library will take care of any print items you might request from the collection for you. If there is a print item, like a book, just send us an email at:, include the title of the book and your mailing address, and we will send it out to you  free of charge, with return postage included. If there is an article you need that is only available in print, then we will typically scan it and email it to you.  If there is something you would like that is not in the UVic Libraries collection, we can try and obtain it on your behalf through other libraries.


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