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Chesnutt Library Resources and Services for Online, Off-campus, and Distance Learners

As a Distance Education student at Fayetteville State University, you have a wide range of extensive resources and services available to you. 

Eligibility for Services

Students currently enrolled in Fayetteville State University courses from off campus, And who are not enrolled in any courses taught on campus, are qualified to receive the following services and access resources. For additional information, contact Chesnutt Library’s Head of Public Services, Jan Whitfield at (910) 672-1750 or by email at


Chesnutt Library's Home Page (URL: )
Gateway to the library’s online catalog, electronic databases, Internet resources, and to information about Charles W. Chesnutt Library.

Online Catalog (URL:

The online catalog provides access to books, journal titles and non-print media of FSU, UNC-Pembroke and UNC-Wilmington.  The Catalog provides access to bibliographic records for electronic journals, databases, selected internet resources, and to FSU and UNC-W holdings of government documents published by the United States Government Printing Office and the State of North Carolina. Catalog records are enhanced with links to web resources.

Databases and Web Resources  (URL:
Chesnutt Library subscribes to many different electronic resources, which include databases, journals, E-books, journal indexes with abstracts and full text, reference soiurcestitles such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and directories, as well as review and news sources. Electronic access to full text with graphs and images is available to all FSU students, faculty and staff twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. To access resources from off-campus follow the directions provided on Chesnutt Library's Off-Campus Access: Access Online Resources page: (

E-Books (
E-books provide access to nonfiction, novels, short stories, plays, poetry, and historical documents available in their entirety. Ebrary, NetLibrary, and CREDO Reference are just a few of the online librarieswe have that provide online, cover-to-cover, full text of books and LION, a searchable collection of over a quarter million works of poetry, drama, and prose are licensed for the FSU community by the Chesnutt Library. To access e-books off campus you will need to follow the directions provided on Chesnutt Library's Off-Campus Access: Access to Online Resources page: (

Also refer to the eBooks LibGuide for further information on accessing ebooks in our catalog and databases.

Services Provided:

Reference Services
Distance Learning students are encouraged to use the Reference Services provided by the library. Students may submit queries and requests for assistance in using the resources of the library to Jan Whitfield, Online LibGuides and Subject Guides and the Virtual Reference Shelf are provided to assist you with library and online resources.

NCknows is a service that allows Fayetteville State University affiliated persons and  North Carolina citizens to get help from librarians and use their library resources from their computer. By reference chat you can communicate with a librarian, browse web pages together, retrieve articles from NC LIVE databases and get answers to questions. It's free, helpful and easy.

Journal Article and ERIC Document Requests
If the needed article is not available via Chesnutt Library’s electronic resources, you may request photocopies. Photocopies of Chesnutt Library’s complete microfiche collection of ERIC Documents may also be requested. Up to 25 pages of an ERIC Document or Chesnutt Library journal article will be printed and mailed to you, copyright law permitting.  There is no charge for this service.  The Library has recently acquired access to 80% of ERIC Documents online back to 1986.

ERIC via EBSCOHost: Coverage is from 1966 - present of journal articles and documents such as reports, handbooks, and monographs in education. ERIC, the Educational Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. The database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. ERIC provides full text of more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals.

Interlibrary Loan Services through ILLiad

Requested articles not available as part of Chesnutt Library holdings will be obtained from other libraries using the Interlibrary Loan Service.  Registration is required through ILLiad, which will allow you to submit your requests electronically. Access registration: When the article is received, the library will mail it to you or make it available online.

Circulation Services

Checkout Library Materials from Chesnutt Library:
Distance Learning students may check out materials from Chesnutt Library without visiting the library. E-books are available electronically. Please contact Jan Whitfield, 910-672-1750 or email her at to request a book be sent to you. The requested book will be sent by mail. Postage for returning books to Chesnutt Library is the responsibility of the borrower. Books must be received by Chesnutt Library by the due date to avoid overdue notices.  Three overdue notices will result in being billed for the book's replacement costs.  You may also contact the Circulation Department directly at 910-672-1233.

Reserve Services

Electronic Reserve items, listed on course reserve lists, allow you to retrieve the text of readings wherever you are. On the Library homepage click on "Course Reserves" under Research Tools and choose to search either by Course Name or Instructor. Locate the item you want to retrieve and if it says *ELECTRONIC COPY AVAILABLE* in the Format column you will be able to click on the title and it will take you to the Patron Authentification Page where you enter your name, SS#, and Library PIN.  Visit the following link for more information on Reserves.

Checkout Library Materials from Universities in the UNC System

The University of North Carolina has implemented a policy which permits students and faculty to borrow materials from other UNC System schools using a current student ID card, Driver's License or photo identification instead of The University of North Carolina Library Privilege Card (Cooperative Borrowers Card). Students are responsible for showing they are currently enrolled at their home institution.  Printing out a copy of your Library Record via the "My Library Record" link on the Chaesnutt Library Home Page is a part of the identification process.  Students may use their ID card or N. C. Driver's License to verify their identity along with a printout of their Library Record and checkout materials from any of the16 constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. Up to five items may be borrowed during any two-week period. The borrowers however, will be responsible for the safe and prompt return of these materials, and any fines or replacement costs.  They are also subject to the rules of the lending institution.  The loan period is not renewable.

Distance Education Librarian Online Office Hours

All students can chat virtually with a librarian during library hours for support with your reference or database research or any other library help.

Enter the chat via the library's homepage or directly using ASK FSU.

Additional Questions?

Contact Jan Whitfield, Head of Public Services and Reference by email at or by phone at 910-672-1750.


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