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For Distance and Off-Campus Students: FIND: Books

Access Hunter Library's Print and Digital Book Sources

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Hunter Library can provide you with access to our print collection, even if you are taking classes at a different instructional site or online. If you live in Jackson or Buncombe Counties, you may pick up materials at Hunter Library at WCU, Biltmore Park, or Ramsey Library at the University of North Carolina – Asheville (UNCA). Other options for requesting print materials include ABC Express and interlibrary loan (Loan Shark). If you need an item mailed to your home, please see instructions in the Using the Library Catalog box below.

In addition to access to print books, ebooks are readily available through our Library Catalog. Please see instructions about how to find ebooks in the Using the Library Catalog box below.. Students also have access to a large collection of audiobooks and digital collections.

Interlibrary Loan: Loan Shark

If you need an item (book or journal article)‚Äč that is not available at WCU, ASU, or UNCA, you may request it using our  interlibrary loan system called Loan Shark

*Please indicate that you are a distance or off-campus learner when placing your request. We will mail all material to you at no cost, within the United States outside of Jackson and Buncombe counties (Jackson and Buncombe residents should use ABC Express if possible).

ABC Express

*Click below for video instructions about how to place an ABC Express request.

Using the Library Catalog

Library Catalog Search


To find and request a book in print:

  • Search for the book by keyword using this link to the Library Catalog or by using the search box above.
  • Verify that the Status box shows "NOT CHK'D OUT."
  • Click on the “request item” button. Enter either your campus email username and password OR your name and student ID number. Then select a pickup location. Click Submit.
  • All materials can be picked up at the circulation desk of the library you specified as a pickup location.  You will need to present a student identification card.
  • If you cannot get to WCU, UNCA, ASU, or WCU's Biltmore Park Campus, choose WCU Distance Learning as your pickup location. The item will be mailed to your home address at no charge to you. You will need to pay for return postage when you send the materials back.


Ebook Search: 

Library Catalog E-book Search


To find and access an ebook:

  • Search for the book by keyword using this link to the Library Catalog, by using the Library Catalog search box at the top of this box or by searching the ebook-specific search box directly above.
  • You may either click the link that takes you to the full catalog record, which will give you more information about access or you may click the access link that will generally say one of two things, either "Online Access" or "See Full Record for All Available Links." 
  • Off-campus access to library ebooks requires either your campus email username and password OR your name and banner ID (92#).
  • For more details about how to access e-books from our different collections, please click the Ebooks Research Guide link below.

Chat a Librarian:

Have a question? Need help with something? Chat a librarian by clicking on the orange "Ask Us" in the right hand corner.

OR call (828) 227-7465 or toll-free: (866) 928-5424 during reference desk hours. 

Student Identification Cards

A student ID card is needed to check out print books and to access ebook  resources. To obtain a card, off-campus students should email a recent photo in digital format, along with name, WCU student ID number, and date of birth to catcard@email.wcu.eduBe sure to include in your email a request that your card be mailed to your preferred physical address.