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Graduate Student Guide

Note About Off-Campus Use

note for distance and online users

Have you heard about the Virtual Desktop?


Logging into the Virtual Desktop allows you to connect to our network and turn your home computer or laptop into an extension of the computers we have here on campus. You can access your Patriots or UT Tyler email, Canvas, MyUTTyler, and more! Best of all, you can more easily access library resources from the Horizon Desktop - connecting to our databases through the virtual desktop means you're automatically authenticated as a user!

Please note that connection problems sometimes occur. These may be due to our settings, the University website settings, vendor settings, or your network connection settings, just to name a few common issues. Don't hesitate to contact us for help! We will work with you to troubleshoot the problem, but we can't fix it if we don't know. It is especially helpful to get screenshots of the error page you encounter, and perhaps a link or other information about the search you were doing. 

InterLibrary Loan

InterLibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that allows students to borrow items from other libraries, if Muntz Library doesn't have it. You submit a request for a book, journal article, conference paper - whatever type of source you need - and we see if we can find it for free! 

Please note that ILL relationships are very important for academic libraries to function. We need to be respectful of the lending terms set by other libraries. This includes the copyright notices on electronic resources. For print, pay close attention to the due date on the item. To ensure that due dates are taken seriously, there is a $1 per day, per item late fee for ILL items. Please ensure that you put items in the mail with enough time for them to get to us by the due date!

For our distance students, those not taking in-person classes at the main Tyler campus, you can also have Muntz Library materials delivered to your home. Simply submit the request through ILL as though the item is not in our catalog, and we will mail the item to you!

If you have any questions about using interlibrary loan, please email:

If you are looking for a chapter from a book we have on the shelf at Muntz Library, or an item we have on microfilm or microfiche, just email your librarian the citation and they can possibly scan/print the item and email it to you! Keep in mind that copyright restrictions prevent us from scanning entire books, but we can usually do a chapter.


Sometimes email or talking on the phone just isn't enough to get answers to your research questions. The solution - we can Zoom! With this free software we can see each other through web cams and share our screens so you can more easily see what the librarian is doing (and vice versa). Contact your librarian to set up an appointment!

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