Distance Learners: Accessing Services

Graduate students not living near the Winona campus may still access the resources and services of the Fitzgerald Library.


Contact Us

Circulation Desk: 507-457-1561 Text us: ASKfitz to 66746
Reference Desk: 507-457-1562 Email:
Interlibrary Loan: Rachel Thomas 507-457-1489


Access Subscription Databases Off-Campus

At the start of each research session, you will be asked to supply your user name and password. Enter the same user name and password that you use for your other St. Mary's accounts--email, WebTools, Blackboard, etc. If you have access problems call Academic Computing at (507) 457-7800 or the Reference Desk at (507) 457-1562.

MnPALS Library Catalog

You will be able to search the MnPALS catalog freely off campus, but if you want to place an item on hold, check your borrowing record, or perform other personalized tasks you will need to log on using your SMU user name and password. We will mail books and other materials from our library collection to you. See below for more information.


My 14-digit library barcode is: 235000_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


Borrowing from other Libraries: Interlibrary Loan

  • Journal Articles
    If you can't find the full text copies of articles you need in our databases or in our print collection you can submit an interlibrary loan request. Copies will be sent to your home by mail or electronically to your St. Mary's University e-mail address. When a copy of an article is sent to your e-mail account, you will be provided with a password to retrieve the article. Because of copyright regulations, the password for the article will remain active for only seven days, so you need to print out or save the article to your computer before that time. Some journal articles can't be sent electronically. These will be sent to the Fitzgerald Library, and then mailed to your home address. These are yours to keep.

Submitting Interlibrary Loan Requests

To locate full text articles from abstracts and citations in databases click on full text icon Full Text Options - Saint Mary's University


From a citation or abstract: Use the Interlibrary Loan form (you must first log into MnPALS)


More information


  • Books
    Books may be borrowed through our interlibrary loan service only if you are able to come to campus to pick them up (order a book.). We are unable to mail ILL books to distance graduate students, because the time needed for mailing back and forth usually goes beyond the due date of borrowed items. We can identify any libraries near you which own a specific book that you need. With that information, you can ask any local library where you have a borrower's card to do the interlibrary loan borrowing for you.

Borrowing from the Fitzgerald: Our Mail Service

  • Books
    We are happy to mail any books from the Fitzgerald Library collection to your home. Please telephone, e-mail, or write to us with your list of requests. The books will be due back on the last day of semester, but may be renewed two times. You may renew on line, telephone our Circulation Desk (507-457-1561), or e-mail us. You will be responsible for shipping books back to us. (Circulation policies)
  • Articles
    If the Fitzgerald Library has a print subscription to the journal that you are requesting, we will copy and mail the article to you. If we do not own the journal, but the article is available in full-text format on one of the databases on our web page, we will let you know how to locate it yourself.


Any questions contact Rachel Thomas at or 507-457-1489