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Distance Education Q & A

What is a Distance Learner?

Distance Learners are UTD students who live outside the boundaries of CollinDallasDentonRockwall, or Tarrant counties.

What is a Comet Card?
It is your UTD ID card and is also your UTD library card.

How do I find my UTD ID? 
It is on your UTD Comet Card.
Applicants and Newly Admitted Students:
It is normally sent in your acknowledgment email. If you need help, contact the Office of Admission and Enrollment Services.
Current Students:
UTD-ID will be on your UTD Comet Card. Contact the Office of the Registrar for help.

Will I need a Comet Card? 
Only if you will be on campus and wish to use the library resources or if you need an ID that shows that you are a student at UTD. You may obtain your Comet Card at the Comet Card Office in the Student Service Addition building, or send an email to the Comet Card Office requesting an ID.

How do I use the library's resources?
You will need your Net ID and password to access all of the library’s electronic resources (reserves, journal articles, ebooks, interlibrary loan, etc.) from off campus.

How can I get books and paper articles? 
Use Interlibrary Loan Services to get UTD paper materials delivered to you (distance learners only). Contact Travis Goode for assistance in obtaining materials and options for document delivery.

What if I am an online student, but I live in one of the counties listed above? 

You would not be classified as a Distance Learner. You would still be able to access the electronic resources from off campus using your UTD ID, but you would have to come on campus to use the print resources. You would then need a Comet Card, which you can get at the Comet Card Office.

Can I get materials that aren’t owned by UTD? 

Yes, all UTD students may use the Interlibrary Loan Service to obtain materials from another library. (We will find which library to borrow from).

Can I use my Comet Card to check out from other libraries in my Area?
Yes. You can Apply for A Texshare Card which will allow you to borrow from another participating Texas library. It is only valid in Texas.