Library Services to Distance Users

Bethel students are classified as "distance users" when they meet the criteria for the library they work with. Check below to find whether you qualify as a distance user, and to see what that means for you.

University Library Students

  • Adult Undergraduate or Graduate students at Bethel University are eligible for mailing services regardless of where they live

Seminary Library Students

  • Students enrolled in the InMinistry or Doctor of Ministry program who live outside the seven county Twin Cities Metro area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties) in Minnesota OR outside San Diego County in California.

What privileges do Distance Users have?

Journal Articles

  • They may request ALL articles that are NOT available online, regardless of whether they are housed at the Bethel Libraries or elsewhere, using their Interlibrary Loan account.
  • When the online form is being filled out, they must include in the Notes field the name of the county in which they live, the name of the doctoral or MBA program cohort or the Seminary program to which they belong
  • Links to articles will be sent via email


University Library
  • Upon request, books will be mailed to their address free of charge. They will have to pay for return shipping.
  • For books they request that are owned by Bethel or a CLIC cooperating library, they will receive an email stating that the books is on the holdshelf. They must reply to that email and ask for the book to be mailed.
    Seminary Library
    • Books are mailed to students who are eligible for mailing service (see criteria above). They will have to pay for return shipping.
    • Books found in CLICnet are requested via CLICnet
    • Books not found in CLICnet are requested using the online form 

    Find out more information regarding how to request library materials