Distance Students Services

Borrowing Books From the Library

Distance students may borrow books directly from Allen Ginsberg Library. Loan check-out period is 4 weeks for books, dvds, and cds. To utilize materials, please email library staff at library@naropa.edu from your Naropa email address, with the following information:

  1. Book title, author and call #
  2. Your name and shipping address
  3. Your academic department and degree program.
  4. If you have not yet set up a library account, we will need an image of your student ID showing your student ID number, along with your address, and phone number.

An account will be set up for you. Requested items will be checked out and shipped to you. This service is free, though you will be responsible for paying the return shipping fee. Usually shipping via USPS Media Mail is the most affordable option if you are located in the United States.

There is a 30 day grace period for most overdue items. After 30 days, overdue fines will start accruing at $0.25 per day, per item. When an account has $8.00 or more in fines, library privileges are suspended. If an account has $15 or more in fines, a hold is placed with the registrar's office. After an item is 60 days overdue (or after 8 days of being recalled and not returned), it is marked "assumed lost" and the patron is billed for the replacement cost + $25 processing fee. 

The checkout period for items for distance students is 4 weeks. However, items borrowed and shipped are subject to recall if needed for faculty reserves.

Return address is:

Allen Ginsberg Library

2130 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder, CO 80302

Distance students are able to check out up to 10 books at a time.

Requesting Journal Articles

If Allen Ginsberg Library owns a journal that contains an article you need, a scan of that article can be sent to you via email. To intiate the request, please email library staff at library@naropa.edu with the following information:

  1. Full article citation: author, article title, journal title, journal volume #, page numbers. Please be sure Allen Ginsberg Library owns the journal and the issue that you need by checking the library catalog.
  2. Your academic department and degree program. 

Using your Local Library's Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Another option for obtaining books or articles is to borrow them from local libraries in your area. Most libraries offer Interlibrary Loan service, where books or other materials (articles, theses, etc.) may be requested from other libraries and sent to your local library for your use.

Please note: there is sometimes a charge associated with placing an ILL request. Check with your local library for details.

It is sometimes possible to request that Allen Ginsberg Library borrow materials from another library for you through our own ILL service. This possibility depends on the lending library's policies, in relation to borrowing period. Decisions are made on a case by case basis in consultation with you. Please contact library staff at library@naropa.edu for more information if you are interested in this service.

Research Databases

Allen Ginsberg Library offers access to several online periodical indexes and other research databases, some with full-text.  through the library website by opening Finding Research Resources, opening the drop down menu for Finding Articles, then opening Research Databases.

You will need to log in to our proxy server with your MyNaropa username and password in order to access the databases. If you don’t have a MyNaropa account, please contact library staff at library@naropa.edu information on access.

For access help, visit the Off-Campus Access Help page or contact contact library staff at library@naropa.edu.

Need Help?

If you have questions about how to use the library or would like research assistance please feel free to email the library at library@naropa.edu or contact any of us directly.