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Resources for Distance Students: Home

This guide provides information about the resources and services that the Lewis J. Ort Library provides for those students who attend classes at a distance.

Circulation Desk Assistance

The Circulation Desk can be reached at 301-687-4395 or

If you are unable to access the databases from off-campus, you will first need to know your 14 Digit Barcode. The handout to find your library barcode information can be found in the box below.

If you know your library barcode information but get an error message when logging in you should contact the Circulation Desk for assistance. The contact number for the Circulation Desk is listed above. Library Hours can be found at the following link:

Finding your 14 Digit Barcode


The Tutorials Tab has many different handouts available in PDF format including:

  • How to access databases from off-campus
  • How to access specific journals from off-campus
  • Logging into OneSearch from off-campus
  • Accessing your Library Account to renew books or see when books are due.


This guide has been designed to provide information to students who attend FSU at a distance. Even though you may not be able to physically come to the library, we want you to know that the Ort Library is still available to you. The library provides resources and services that you as a distance student can access from anywhere that works best for you.

Resources and Services for Distance Students

Students who attend at a distance can access:

  • OneSearch and Subject Specific Databases
  • Print Books (available from FSU and other University of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions [USMAI] campus libraries)
  • E-books
  • Online scholarly/peer-reviewed journals, popular magazines, newspapers
  • Online Encyclopedias (Credo Reference and Gale Virtual Reference Library)
  • Interlibrary Loan (articles and print resources)
  • Reference and Research Assistance (phone, e-mail, 24/7 chat, in-person)
  • Research Consultations (one-on-one time to work exclusively with a librarian either online or in-person)
  • Subject library guides and class specific library guides
  • Government documents and Special Collections
  • Tutorials

Need More Help?

Reference Assistance: Reference Desk | 2nd Floor | 301-687-4424  | MD AskUsNow! (24/7 chat reference) |

Research Consultations: Research Consultations provide you with a one-on-one consultation with a reference librarian. If you are a distance student we can set up a meeting with you via phone, Skype, or another method which works best for you. Please use the following URL to schedule a session with a reference librarian:

Theresa Mastrodonato

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Theresa Mastrodonato
Coordinator of Library Instruction for First Year Students/Reference Librarian
Lewis J. Ort Library - Room 318
Frostburg State University
1 Susan Eisel Drive
Frostburg, MD 21532

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