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Distant Student Services

Distance Student Contact

Emilee Shabel
Interlibrary Loan & Distance Education Coordinator
(502) 897-4553

Requesting Articles or Scans

  • Please fill out the Article Request form after reading the following:
  • Please search our databases for full-text articles and ebooks before requesting a scan.
  • Requests for items currently checked-out will be placed on hold and scanned to you upon return. Please do not place holds on items yourself.
  • Materials not held by SBTS may be requested through our Interlibrary Loan service.
  • Copyright guidelines will be followed so some requests may not be processed. We will provide one chapter or up to 10% of a book.

Requesting Physical Items

  • Place a Hold Request on the item through our discovery system
  • When you receive an email notification that the item is ready to be picked up, forward it to
    • In your email, please include the address where you'd like the item(s) shipped.

Turn-Around Time

Generally, requests are processed and sent within 1-2 business days. Items are sent via library rate which is slower than regular mail, so please allow time for shipping.


  • Materials may only be mailed to current distance students within the United States.
  • Certain items that cannot be sent to students include but are not limited to:
    • Audio-Visual Media
    • CD's
    • DVD's
    • Cassettes
    • VHS
    • Records
    • Microfilm/microfiche
    • Brittle Books
    • Restricted Items
    • Periodicals
    • Reference Items
    • Special Collections Materials

Due Dates

  • Don't manually renew your loans! Loans will automatically renew according to standard circulation privileges.
  • You will be notified of due dates through your seminary-issued email.
  • For items sent via Interlibrary Loan, consult the instructions for returning ILL.


  • Once an item is no longer renewable, it must be returned to the library.
  • If you still need the item, we will recheck it and mail it back to you provided it has no hold requests.  Please include a note with your items indicating:
    • which items to check out to your account
    • your name and student id number
    • your current mailing address


  • Patrons are responsible for the safe return of all books.
  • We recommend that you insure and track your package.
  • Items will be considered returned according to the date they are postmarked.

Please mail books to:

SBTS Library
ATTN: Distance Education
2825 Lexington Rd.
Louisville, KY 40206-2997