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Distance/Blended Learning Students

This is a guide that helps answer frequently asked questions of students enrolled in online courses at UMW

Welcome to UMW Libraries

Welcome to the library guide for online and blended learning students taking courses at the University of Mary Washington. This page is intended to introduce you to the basic policies and resources of UMW Libraries. As students at the University of Mary Washington, you have access to UMW Libraries, but some of the policies and procedures may be handled differently because many distance and blended learning students will have limited interaction with the physical campus during the course of a semester.

Our goal is to provide all the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Mary Washington with professional, thorough, and consistent library service regardless of physical location or method of communication.  For a more detailed explanation of the services, resources, and policies of the Libraries at the University of Mary Washington, please visit the UMW Libraries' website.

Library Help

Student pulling books from shelfIf you need help researching a topic, finding the online version of an article, or have any questions about the library, you can contact the Stafford Campus Library via phone, email, or instant message.  Our contact information is listed in the profile box in the left hand column.

A Reference Librarian is also available to provide you with personalized research assistance.  If you need one-on-one help with an online database, selecting search terms, or finding peer-reviewed articles, please contact the Stafford Campus Library at or 540-286-8025 or the Simpson Library at or 540-654-1148.

There is no need to come to the library for assistance unless you prefer the face-to-face interaction.  We can provide the assistance you need via phone, email, or instant message.  Just let us know what works best with your schedule.

Library Cards/EagleOne Cards

If you would like to borrow books from UMW Libraries, you will need an EagleOne student ID card.  The EagleOne card allows you to check-out books and access your online library account.

NOTE: an EagleOne card is not required to access the UMW Libraries' databases or to search for books in the UMW Libraries' online catalog.

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If you would like to get an EagleOne card, you can have one made at the EagleOne card office on the Fredericksburg campus.